25 Jun '11, 1pm

A zig-zagging bridge made of reclaimed wood doubles as a hostel. But the river it spans won't get there until 2020:

All Images Courtesy of Observatorium Looking at the bridge, you wonder what it's doing there. It sits on dry, flat land. It doesn't connect anything to anything else. And its zig-zagging shape doesn't exactly scream practicality. That's because this is no ordinary bridge: it's also a hostel, a picnic site and an art project. And while the surrounding land is dry for the moment, it won't stay that way: a river is scheduled to arrive in 2020. "Waiting for the River", a 2010 project by Rotterdam-based art group Observatorium , was part of that year's Emscherkunst, an annual arts festival in Germany's Ruhr region. The now awaited water has run here before: the Emscher River, a tributary of the Rhine, was used as an open waste canal in the 19th century and is now biologically dead. But a project, in planning since the early 1990s, is aiming to rehabilitate the river and the onc...

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