Jen Bervin's installation, River, is a 230 ft. panoramic scale model of the Mississippi River composed of hand-sewn silver sequins that reflect and refract light. Installed on the ceiling, the piece shows the river mapped from the geocentric perspective. The viewing perspective is from inside the earth's interior looking up at the riverbed. Viewers can see themselves reflected in the piece as they move through the space.
It took the same amount of time to sew each section of river that it would to walk the real one. The piece concludes where the mouth of the river merges with the low-water areas of the delta in the gulf south of New Orleans. The scale is one inch to one mile. The piece is about two thirds of a football field in length and has never been shown in full.
A segment from the lower river is currently on view:
Proteus Gowanus, Brooklyn, NY
4 January - 16 March 2014
Reanimation Library | Gowanus Branch curated by Andrew Beccone will present new work in an exhibition by Jen Bervin, David East, and Marget Long accompanied by a selection of books from the library’s collection. All of the work and books included in the branch will engage with the subject of water—the focus of this year’s investigative theme at Proteus Gowanus.