Frank Chang - Amazon River Transplant: Notebook

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Amazon River Transplant is an ongoing body of work by artist Frank Chang. It is a “modest proposal” for supplying the city of Las Vegas with water from the Amazon River. Las Vegas, and the entire southwest region, is perennially among the fastest growing metropolitan areas in the U.S., greatly exceeding the capabilities of nearby Lake Mead and Hoover Dam. In contrast, the Amazon River is by far the world's largest river, accounting for one-fifth of all the freshwater entering Earth's oceans. Amazon River Transplant is an inquiry into the effects of a 5,000-mile pipeline that carries not only water, but also local history and landscape from one site to the other.