Alexander Robinson's work featured in LACE's "After the Aqueduct"

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Alexander Robinson's work featured in LACE's "After the Aqueduct"

March 04, 2015

The upcoming LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions) exhibit, “After the Aqueduct,” will feature the work of a diverse group of artists and designers who have explored the Los Angeles Aqueduct and its surrounding land. Completed in 1913, the aqueduct, which originates in the Owens Valley, has been the main potable water source for Los Angeles, a condition that has remained contentious into the modern day.


Among these artists is USC Architecture assistant professor Alexander Robinson, whose work on the Owens Lake will be on display, including robotic-arm-modeled sand sculptures and his Rapid Landscape Prototyping Machine, which he describes as an 'interactive arcade-style machine that lets you “play” the sculptural infrastructural landscapes and tune them to your preference.’ The aim of the machine is the improve the design of dust mitigation landscapes at the Owens Lake.


"The ongoing work of Alex Robinson into the greater Los Angeles landscape is extremely important in terms not only of the important environmental stewardship questions it raises, but also of how such pressing issues can be effectively communicated with different public communities and user groups," said Professor Kelly Shannon, Director of the Master of Landscape Architecture Programs at USC. "His contribution to the exhibit and public debate will surely attest to this invaluable aspect of his design research."


The other artists in the exhibit are Nicole Antebi, Lauren Bon, Barry Lehrman, Peter Bo Rappmund, Chad Ress, and Kim Stringfellow, who is also the curator.


The exhibit opens tonight from 7 to 9 pm and runs through April 12, 2015. A panel discussion with the artists and Alan Bacock (Big Pine Tribal Member and Big Pine Paiute Tribe of Owens Valley’s Water Coordinator), moderated by Jon Christensen (adjunct assistant professor, Institute of the Environment & Sustainability, UCLA), will take place on Saturday, March 14, 2 to 4 pm. Both events are free and open to the public.


For more information, visit the exhibit website at

Read more about Alexander Robinson’s research here and here.