Shrine, from the series Water Rites, is a response to the Los Angeles draught of 2014. These Shrines are based on the design and use of Greek roadside shrines or Kandylakia (Kaντηλάκια).
Often resembling small houses on precarious metal legs (containing icons, candles, etc), these Shrines are built or purchased and typically placed at roadside locations adjacent to traffic accidents. Whether the accident was fatal or survived a shrine marks the location and serves as a ritualistic locus for reflecting on the boundary between life and death.
These moisture shrines are designed to adorn dry sites, failed rivers and locations of human-made interventions in the struggling natural world. There are electronics inside that detect the moisture level in the shrine and respond with colored lighting. Devotees of the speculative water-based spirituality found in Water Rites might construct or seek out Moisture Shrines in order to keep them wet. Forfeiting water to the top of the shrine will bring the lighting back to white, from red.
These photos are from an exhibition called Blindspot. Read my blog post about the whole installation here.