Monica Martinez
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Rain Water Shanty
This piece was commissioned by Fidelity Investments.

Rain Water Shanty reproduces the peculiar water sounds produced by roof/ceiling leaks in the living areas of neglected houses, poor build quarters, shanty houses or an environment where money is restricted or not evident.

Rain Water Shanty also replicates, emphasizes and celebrates an instinctive and creative action in human behavior: improvisation. By placing buckets, containers and random objects in an attempt to stop water leaks from spreading across the living areas people satisfied the instinctive behavior for protection, in this case, against flooding.

By using a dripping system installed under the roof rain falls year around making water to drip into buckets creating a layered sound.