2020 • Encore Technology Park, Tampa, FL

The three Water Bearers and their counterparts, the Cistern Drums, add visual and sonic poetics to Encore Technology Park's purpose, embracing the power and value of sun and water.

The Water Bearers suggest Aquarius as a mythological reference. Latin for water carrier, Aquarius represents pouring forth the waters of wisdom. The three Water Bearer figures balance water bowls on their heads that tilt at the same angle as the solar panels. The water bowls acknowledge the influence of the sun on hydrology, driving the cycles of rain and supplying the cistern with water to be used as irrigation to water neighborhood landscapes. The columns supporting the three figures produce an optical kinetic wave moiré to passing viewers. Devised as they are to capture sun and provide energy to cool the residential community, one might perceive them as melting "snow men."

The three Cistern Drums, made from repurposed 55-gallon drums, represent contemporary containment vessels and complement the Water Bearers bowls. Each drum is located over an opening to the cistern below thus enabling the cistern to become a resonating chamber for the sonic enhancement of the steel drums. The drums illuminate and invite connections to the rich musical traditions of the neighborhood's cultural history.