One hundred sure-footed, long-eared equines are hitched up and lined up along Aberdeen Station Road – across the highway from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power Aqueduct Intake – in anticipation of a 240-mile journey to Southern California.
LADWP and City of L.A. officials were on hand for a plaque ceremony that memorializes the opening of the Intake and the L.A. Aqueduct in February, 1913.
The mules, driven by the Roesers of McGee Creek Pack Station, are the centerpiece of a living, breathing performance art installation conceived of and sponsored by the Metabolic Studio and Lauren Bon of L.A.
According to Bon, "100 Hundred Mules Walking the Los Angeles Aqueduct" is a commemorative art action intended to connect the people of L.A. to their water supply by having the mule train follow the aqueduct from its start in the Owens Valley to what's known as the Aqueduct Cascades in Southern California, where the first drop of Owens Valley water arrived 100 years ago to William Mullholland's infamous declaration, "There it is, take it!"
The pack train is expected to start moving after the plaque ceremony, about 11 a.m., with planned stops in Manzanar on Saturday and in Lone Pine on Sunday.
The mules are scheduled to arrive at the Cascades on Nov. 5 – 100 years to the day of the arrival of Owens Valley water via the aqueduct.