Living River

Hannah Materne

Living River transforms an empty lot in downtown Detroit into an oasis, combatting both human and environmental water crises occurring currently. Living River provides clean drinking water, via taps located under the lip of the illuminated boulders. Their lights increase safety in the park at night. The boulders are intended as play structures and benches. By using pervious concrete and native ground cover, Living River represents an entirely pervious park, allowing water to flow through it freely. This prevents harmful run-offs and allows rainwater to pass through the park and re-enter the water table, filtering naturally in a process standard concrete does not facilitate.

MDF, clay, acrylic paint, embroidery thread, LED
28 x 12 x 4 in.