The 2015 Garden Expo in Wuhan, China features a rolling river-like pathway that explores the way water shapes the landscape and our lives. Designed by Penda, “Where the River Runs” depicts our deep connection to water and encourages guests to interact with the changing landscape by planting seeds and watching them grow as the exhibition continues over the months. In doing so, people get to act like a river, spreading seeds and helping life take shape on the banks of the "river" path.
The blueprint of the pathways not only follow the trickling journey of a river, but the installation is also uniquely elevated to represent gentle valleys and hills. The winding walkways have borders created to allow visitors to plant seeds as they walk through. Since the exhibition will be open until April 2016, the seeds have the chance to flourish and grow for future visitors to enjoy. Visitors may also enjoy a central plaza to lounge and excerpts from poems engraved around the site.
Being gentle on the environment is also important to the developers, as “Where the River Runs” is committed to running a green operation. A system is installed to collect rainwater in an underground tank, to be used later for watering the plants taking root. The act of preserving water is exactly what is behind the message of the piece: “As people are hiking through the landscape and seeding their plants, they take over the function of a river as they bring life to the pavilion. Like the river does in a natural environment, the visitors become the starting point in the lifecycle of plants.”