Meandering River

Sabrina Raaf

Meandering River (2010) is a sculptural installation inspired by Hans-Henrik Stølum’s1996 article, “River Meandering as a Self-Organization Process,” which described the procedural mathematics that currently enable scientists to predict or reconstruct river morphology (i.e., the sinuosity of a river’s meanders, bends, and reaches). The rolled thermal screen used to create Meandering River has the material properties of being environmentally stable, lightweight, portable, and flexible. This allows it to wind over its length, just as a river, and also to serve as a thermal curtain which helps to insulate a space from extreme heat or cold as well as to maintain consistent temperatures and humidity within. Hung vertically, Meandering River cascades, creating a waterfall effect. The falling river is also intended to serve as a trellis for climbing vines and a framework for the cultivation of a vertical garden. Inside of the exhibition hall, in it’s horizontal configuration, the river is designed to meander freely.


 
 

Image courtesy of the artist.

Image courtesy of the artist.

Image courtesy of the artist.

Image courtesy of the artist.