WORLD RIVERS PROJECT
World Rivers is a global participatory project responding to the essential 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 is captured in white cloth that touches water. World Rivers unite regions while the curtain reveals the hidden; the fragile condition of our rivers today. Attention is given to our planet's fresh water sources through documentation in the project log, records of water's contributing and vital role in the endurance of unique communities. Please visit "Join" to learn how to participate.
The World Rivers Curtain is over 150 feet long and growing. The project is long-term, begun in 2004 and spanning over a decade. One day the River Curtain will be shown in public where many will learn from the stories of others.
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 border.
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 conditions and learned about currents, weight, and wind.
The fabric trailed in the river for a week, yet changed very little, but for being imbued 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.