“The decline of the Colorado River through drought and other factors has prompted artists to call attention to this event. Does art have the power, though, to mitigate the crisis?

The number of individuals and groups engaged in the Colorado River is extensive and growing. While Lin presents one artist’s view through Silver River’s scale, situation, and name recognition, additional representations and interpretations of the river have been in the making.

Las Vegas artist and curator Sapira Cheuk has had water on her mind for some time. In 2020, she filmed fountains and water features along Las Vegas’s Strip, informing me, “they are in fact a false promise of plenty, a glittering veil that disguises the desert just outside.” Inspired by the centennial of the Colorado River Compact Agreement in 2022, Cheuk decided action was warranted to talk about the crisis using her expertise in art.”

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