Drip

New Orleans is a Delta City, but the water is almost invisible. Water simultaneously sustains and threatens New Orleans, but its power, meaning, and vital infrastructure are unknown to most residents. Drip reveals the mystery of water in New Orleans slowly, through just one sense: the sound of water. Between river and lake, life depends upon a delicate balance between culture, economy, and natural systems. Will we hide from our water? Or will we listen?

Drip was a sound and light installation produced in 2010 for DesCours, the annual art and architecture event sponsored by AIA New Orleans that highlights little used and rarely visited spaces around the city. Drip was created in collaboration with my colleague and fellow Washington University College of Architecture alum Andy Sternad, inspired by our water management research at Waggonner & Ball Architects, combined with a shared fascination with the music and sounds of New Orleans.