“Red Ribbon”, Landscape art in China

The Thange river Park in Qinhuangdao, China is situated along a river and for many years the park was a deserted land with no useful function. Seedlings of popular trees were all over the place, the park was neglected and some parts became garbage dumps.

And look at it now … The natural site has been dramatically urbanized and modernized, while keeping the ecological processes and natural services of the site intact.

Qinhuangdao City decided to build a “Red Ribbon” spanning five hundred meters, which integrates the functions of lighting, seating, environmental interpretation, and orientation.

It is made of fiber steel, and lit from inside so that it glows red at night.

While preserving as much of the natural river corridor as possible during the process of urbanization, this project demonstrates how a minimal design solution can achieve a dramatic improvement to the landscape.

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