"Waiting for the River" is built over a drained river that will be re-flooded over the next ten years. It’s a space to wait, to anticipate, and to prepare for the return of the river.
Dutch art collective Observatorium's “Waiting for the River” is a meditation on time, history, and anticipation. In preparation for the planned flooding of the Emscher River (currently a sewage canal) a decade away, the group built a 125-foot-long structure that’s at once a bridge and a small village that includes a hostel, kitchen, bathroom, and meeting space. In dedicating themselves to a distant future, the group has created a series of spaces that amplify the immediate, perpetual act of waiting. Via.