Punctuating the blasted, lunar landscape of the Chihuahuan Desert, agave cactus bloom stalks stand tall. Beneath the florid gape of an agave maw, the plant stores a reserve of water, saturated with starch, sugars and saponins. The potential energy here-in springs forth as a spire of growth, catching the wind and dispersing seed before the plant’s invitable decline. For denizens of the parched landscape that surrounds, the upward bloom that we used to create this instrument stood as statuary of the impossible: abundant life in an empty world, a fountain in the desert.
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