CATEGORY: Installation, Product, Research
PHOTOGRAPHY: Jeroen Van De Gruiter︎︎︎
Saline Roots is a salt-filtering device that pays homage to native Vietnamese Mangrove trees (Rhizophora apiculata) and their most unique ability to tolerate and extract salt through their root system.
By using the process of distillation, this artificial copper tree seeks to translate the technological properties of mangroves and highlight their vital importance as a salt biofilter and as an ecosystem.
The proportion of salt contained within the flask reflects the amount found during peak salinity levels in the Mekong Delta in 2020 (5g/L).
While the dry season of 2020 has seen the most severe saltwater intrusion and drought conditions recorded in Vietnam in a century, significantly affecting the livelihoods, food security and water supply across 13 provinces in the Mekong River Delta region, mangrove forests and bioreserves continue to be at threat of deforestation by newly approved land reclamation tourism projects and governmental pressure on aquaculture expansion.