Lost Rivers is a social commentary on the effects of rapid development on the natural landscape. Taiwan, as one of the Asian Tigers, was at the forefront of rapid industrialisation and urbanisation in the late 20th century. As it cities grew in size and population many rivers, waterways and creeks were destroyed - sacrificed in the name of economic growth.
Lost Rivers is an illustration of the relegated role of nature in Taiwanese cities. It is a representation of the ill-effects effects of the man-altered landscapes. Many rivers dry up or become polluted backwaters carrying the waste of the city out to sea. Rivers change from being dominant features of the landscape to becoming obstacles to overcome - to be built around or over.
The project represents our need to find an environmental balance between our rapidly urbanising cities and the natural landscape that they are built on.