A field of pink swaying seed heads line the riverbank.

Riverine

Agano River Niigata, Japan, 2009


Temporary project for Niigata Water and Land Art Festival

Materials

Styrofoam buoys, bamboo poles, paint


Dimensions 

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Riverine is comprised of 600 stems of painted styrofoam buoys mounted on top of 18’ tall bamboo poles. They are installed on a floodplain, the cusp between land and water. These stems move like tall grasses responding to the choreography of the wind. These stems mark the area that should be vegetated with willows to hold the banks and create habitat along the river. At the end of the project it was intended to remove each stem and plant the hole with a bare root willow plant, but the Agano River Authority decided against this.

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