WORLD RIVERS PROJECT A global participatory project about water.
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World Rivers is a global project uniting people through the element of water. Individuals from around the world dip white fabric in a local river. The fabric pieces are embroidered with the name of the river, location and date and then sewn together into a magnificent curtain.
The essence of our waterways are captured in white cloth that flows in rivers. World Rivers unite regions while the curtains reveal the hidden; the condition of our water. Attention is given to our planet's rivers through stories and photos that tell of water's contributing role in the growth of unique communities. World Rivers honors the vital life source that is in crisis today.
The World Rivers Curtain is over 130 feet long and growing.
One day the River Curtain will be shown in public and many can learn from the stories of others just as I have.
In 2004 I visited the Onon river in Mongolia to start the World Rivers Project.
I stayed in a ger (a yurt) in Binder northeast Mongolia near the Siberian boarder.
The Onon River as seen from atop a nearby hill on horseback.
I spread the fabric that I purchased in Ulaanbaatar on the grass so that I could cut it into 9 long pieces.
I spent a week near the river soaking my fabric and thinking about the project and what it could be.
When quietly working in nature unexpected and delightful things happen. On the morning wild horses came to drink.
Daily, I experienced conditons and learned about currents, weight, and wind.
The fabric trailed in the river for a week, yet changed very little, but for being embued with a story.
Each evening I thought more about my idea and how to let go. I learned that I should shine a light on the beauty rather than focus on elements that harm our waterways. It was a turning point.