Depleting Necessity

Depleting Necessity

Student Artist: David Hwang
Course: Data Visualization with Lucy HG Solomon
Sustainability Focus: Water in Irrigation for Agriculture
Data Sources: Department of Agriculture; riversimulator.org
Media: mixed media, wood, graphic design as printed images

Depleting Necessity brings awareness to the percentage of water use in both the US and in Vietnam for irrigation. This comparison is visualized through constructed wooden plants whose growth reflects the depleting resource of water. The plants were made out of wood with the help of Judy Emaus at CSUSM. The data reflects how much water was used in agriculture in both the United States and Vietnam in the year 2005.

I wanted to translate data into wood because wood is a resource that also needs water. I wanted everything to reflect and show that water is a rapidly depleting resource. Since water is used for food, it is a highly sought asset that should not be wasted or taken for granted. Water is life.

I created the two graphs above in Adobe illustrator. The graphics depict Vietnam and the United States. Vietnam is depicted with 95% blue because it uses that much water for agriculture. The black represents the other necessities that water is used for in that country. In the United States only 30% of the water is used for agriculture, while the rest is used for other necessities. I also included an image of a plant to show that the graph reveals how much water is used for agriculture.