“Great dams trap and tame the water, hoarding its energy until needed. Grandes diques atrapan y amansan el agua, acaparando su energa hasta que el hombre la necesite.“ This photograph is a part of the online photography exhibit “Form and Landscape,” a collaborative project from William Deverell and Gren Hise.
The Itaipú Dam is a hydroelectric power generation facility on the border between Brazil and Paraguay, on the Parana River. The name means “the sounding stone” in Guarani, an indigenous language in South America and one of the official languages in Paraguay.
Summer is called dam removal season by those who cherish the notion of dams being demolished. The hotter, dryer weather limits a river’s flow and seasonal fish migrations pause, providing the necessary conditions for demolishing the commonly aging infrastructure once erected to provide irrigation, water storage, hydropower and/or flood control.