Martha Schwartz Partners (MSP) was commissioned in 2015 to study the potential development of a riverfront park for the city of Zigong. The site is located along Fuxi River in a hilly area of Sichuan between Chongqing and Chengdu. It currently consists of derelict housing on top of a steep unusable embankment along the river, and a road that separates the city from the water. The new landscape aims to enliven the waterfront by providing a striking place to connect the city back to the river through the provision of amenity space and identity.
The landscape concept draws inspiration from the meandering nature and complex patterns of Fuxi River, and the dragon which not only serves as a spiritual symbol to China but alludes to the Dragon Boat Race, one of the major events of this area. This translates into a fluid landscape that provides unique moments, spaces and elements, incorporating functions and spaces to respond to the festivities. The ‘dinosaur ribs’ are a striking sculptural element that repeats along the promenade to celebrate the vast quantities of dinosaur fossils that were excavated in the Middle Jurassic era.
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