Morgens aan de rivier, morgens waarin

hij nog lijkt te overwegen 

waarheen hij die dag 

weer zal gaan

Rutger Kopland (1934-2012)

"Why Worry When The River is so Close' is a longtime art-project of Annemarie Cilon.

It is a personal journey to connect with the river The IJssel and her direct surroundings close to my home-place. With this art-project I also want to explore the values of Rivers in general. 


"Why Worry When the River is so close" is an expression from the traditional Yugambeh/Ugarapul language Australia. In the original language you say: "Minyahgu buyma balun bundagahl". In the mixed language Pidgin people say: "Why Buyma when Balun close". The expression means:"The Rivers are all we need" or "Better than no water'. (Source Yugambeh Museum).

The IJssel is a Dutch distributary of the river Rhine (De Rijn/Rhein) that flows northward and ultimately discharges into the IJsselmeer (before the 1932 completion of the Afsluitdijk known as the Zuiderzee). 


The IJssel is sometimes called the Gelderse IJssel to distinguish it from the Hollandse IJssel. It is in the provinces of Gelderland and Overijssel. The Romans knew the river as Isala. It flows from Westervoort, on the east side of the city of Arnhem.


At 1320 kilometers the Rhine is the longest river in Europe. It rises in the Swiss Alps issuing from the Rheinwaldhorn Glacier3352 m above see level. It flows generally north, passing through or bordering on Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Austria, Germany, France, and the Netherlands before emptying into the North Sea at Rotterdam. 

Sound of the streaming water of the Wetering into the IJssel. September 2020