Project summary:

Sculptor and performance artist Marie Lorenz will design a video map of the water that flows down Texas’ Colorado River — one of the state’s primary water sources — into the Gulf of Mexico. During its 862-mile journey from Lubbock to Matagorda Bay, the river’s waters change from rugged and rural to urban and unidentifiable. The water becomes part of city “graybelts”: the drainage, storm water, and sewer infrastructure that most people never see. Lorenz will invite local participants to join her on this Colorado River trek in a handmade boat while she explores its path and records interviews with those she meets along the way who have connections to the land and the river. “Graybelt” will help researchers understand how personal experience with our environment affects our perceptions, behaviors, and awareness of critical resources.