Jen Bervin's installation, River, is a 230 ft. panoramic scale model of the Mississippi River composed of hand-sewn silver sequins. Installed high on a ceiling or wall, the piece shows the river mapped from the geocentric perspective, or from inside the earth's interior looking up at the riverbed. Viewers are 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, is finished, and has never been shown in full.