Lake Powell Pillow
Instead of a Lake Powell Pipeline, I created a Lake Powell Pillow. It’s a political piece in a domestic setting. This pillow is stitched with gold beads and outlined in red to illustrate that our greed will run us dry. It measures 17” W x 12” H. The cover is removable so it can be hand-washed.
Utah politicians do not see water as a human right, but as money: the Lake Powell Pipeline is not a necessity for human growth, rather, it is a necessity for human greed. There is a lot of literature that argues why this pipeline is a terrible idea, and shows that if residents used their water wisely there would be more than enough as is; but for me, this is most obviously a bad move since the Paiute and Navajo tribes who are native to the surrounding land will not reap any benefits from this pipeline. This is despite the pipeline running through the Kaibab reservation (in addition to it running through land already stolen from them), and using water allotted to the Navajo Nation. We keep acting like there’s no cure for development and that growth is a good thing, but at what cost do we allow these projects to continue? Who do we leave behind in the process? Is our economy or ecology more important to sustain?
For more information about the pipeline and alternative solutions, visit Utah River’s Council.