Artwork #37

Nick Schnitzer

Acid Clock

Limestone, hydrochloric acid, steel and glass, 2018

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This piece is both an exaggeration and gross oversimplification of a complex chemical exchange that takes place far below our feet over long periods of time. Central Texas sits atop a vast network of predominantly carbonate-rich (limestone) aquifers, which are a critical source of water statewide. 72% of all groundwater pumped in TX is used for agricultural irrigation, which combined with a variety of pesticides, herbicides, and increasingly acidic rainfall, introduces a variety of toxic chemicals into the water table. This piece illustrates the rapid and dramatic degradation of this vital resource at the hands of these chemicals.