River - Austin Street East
pastel 10 x 13
I've made a start on a small series, that may turn into a larger series, of urban rivers. This is the first piece and I've done about half of the second, looking west.
Each day when I go to work I pass by rivers, most of which I pay no attention to as they've become part of the landscape and almost swallowed up by the sprawl of concrete and buildings that surround them. But they persist and run through, under and around the city, making their way to the ocean.
I decided to track some of these rivers on their journey. This view of the river is on Austin Street, looking east. The river isn't deep and the undergrowth is threatening to take over at this time of year. Even though this isn't the origin of the river, it was a starting point, simply because I work in the area and pass by it every day. They'll all be sequenced at a later date to track the water's progress to the sea.
On Google Maps, Street View, you can see the point at which the river flows under the road and on further into the city.