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Humane Borders Water Stations and Warning Posters, 2000–present

This is a Project. It was designed by Humane Borders. It is dated 2000–present.

Responding to migrant deaths along the Arizona-Mexico border due to dehydration, Humane Borders designed a system for placing water in the desert. More than 100 water stations, small tanks painted blue—the universal color of water—and tagged “AGUA” with a 30-foot-high pole and flag to increase visibility, have been deployed throughout southern Arizona, dispensing more than 100,000 gallons of water since 2001. A poster outlining the dangers of migrating on foot through the desert is distributed in shelters south of the border.

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This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition By the People: Designing a Better America.

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