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(Springfield, MO) — An environmental artist is turning to the Ozarks to help her create the world's longest paper river.

Shirah Miriam Aumann is hosting a free event this Saturday at the Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. It's part of the festivities surrounding the grand opening of the new Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center.

Aumann has been collecting paper over the last few weeks with area schools and organizations. The paper will be shredded, pulped, and pigmented blue with non-toxic color.

The Central High School Green Team has volunteered to help in the "first pour" at the beginning of the event, which is dubbed, "River of Life: Bread of Life."

Aumann says participants will pour the blue pulp from pitchers and buckets to form a meandering, river-like path from the rain garden toward Lake Drummond.

According to the City of Springfield, instructional signs and "mile markers" will be placed along the "river," noting the length at certain points, which is expected to be approximately 500 feet long.

Friends of the Garden has been helping set up the event.

(Photo courtesy: Facebook)