How's this?

How's this?

This jumble of pipes challenges you to improvise a response. Is it a low-lying jungle gym, a place to sit, a nest of balance beams, a parkour challenge?

What it is is something you’d never guess: a commentary on water systems. Turns out water and sewer pipes are traditionally color-coded: blue for clean drinkable water; green for sewage; and purple for reclaimed water, which can be reused for non-potable jobs like irrigation. So this PVC latticework is actually calling attention to how water is managed in a city like Denver, Colorado, where it was installed. It’s a subtle, playful nod to the circularity of the system: supply, waste, and recycling. And, speaking of circularity, when this temporary art installation was over, these working pipes were returned to the manufacturer, and put back where they belong: underground routing water resources.