Susan Albers


HEADGATES :

My approach was to look at these shapes that divert water.

The drawings allow me to notice the geometry, the angles, the materials (concrete, metal, wood) and the placement of diversion structures.

This series explores the many designs implemented by engineers and farmers to distribute
measured amounts of water to desired locations. The diversity of these structures illustrates the unique problem solving solutions reached at various times over the last 150 years. I choose line drawings to simply express the shapes and geometry of the Jones-Donelly headgate complex. This big arrangement of gears, plates, racks and concrete are
all dedicated to distributing the waters of South Boulder Creek.

The paintings I have shown are about flowing water.

The drawing I have shown is about headgates.