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The sculptures solving water problems in Ethiopia

Elissa Webster

Most of us get a sun tan when we travel and often some life inspiration. But Italian designer Arturo Vittori has taken travel inspiration to a whole new level. He came home from a trip to a remote village in northeastern Ethiopia and designed the WarkaWater Tower. They look amazing, but they also perform a really useful function - collecting at least 25 gallons of clean drinking water a day by harvesting condensation. Brilliant!

Collecting water in Ethiopia - not to mention lots of other parts of the world - is time-consuming and dangerous. It's usually a job for the women and children, takes all day, involves exposure to animal and human predators, and, after all of that, results in a water source that is contaminated by many varieties of poo and other muck that causes all sorts of sickness.

Inhabitat explains how Vittori's towers beat the water blues.

The WarkaWater Towers were inspired by the local Warka tree, a large fig tree native to Ethiopia that is commonly used as a community gathering space. The large 30 foot, 88 pound structures are made out of juncus stalks or bamboo woven together to form the tower’s vase-like frame. Inside, a plastic mesh material made of nylon and polypropylene fibers act as micro tunnels for daily condensation. As droplets form, they flow along the mesh pattern into the basin at the base of the towers. Each tower costs approximately $550 and can be built in under a week with a four person team and locally available materials.

Sounds good to us!