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.
The piece is about two thirds of a football field in length. The scale is one inch to one mile. 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.
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 relected in it as they move through the space.
Sewing on the river was completed at the Albers Foundation in 2012. The delta will be completed by the end of 2013.