The river Emscher flows through the centre of the Ruhr region, connecting a wide variety of urban and rural areas. From the river’s source in Holzwickede to the point where it converges with the Rhine near Dinslaken the Emscher tells of the eventful industrial history in the Ruhr region and various renaturation initiatives. The hybrid cultural landscape that has resulted from this conversion offers the opportunity for a broad range of artistic involvement. Accordingly, the three Emscherkunst exhibitions in 2010, 2013 and 2016 have given rise to sculptural works by, among others, Tadashi Kawamata,Rita McBride and Tobias Rehberger. In the years to come, Urbane Künste Ruhr, together with Emschergenossenschaft and Regionalverband Ruhr will be developing this collection of art in public spaces into a permanent sculpture trail.