Only a few days to walk on water: ‘Floating Piers’ by Christo

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Dreams come true: The Floating Piers was first conceived by Christo and Jeanne-Claude together in 1970 but never realised. It is Christo’s first large-scale project since Christo and Jeanne-Claude completed The Gates in 2005, and since Jeanne-Claude sadly passed away in 2009.

“Those who experience The Floating Piers will feel like they are walking on water – or perhaps the back of a whale,” said Christo. “The light and water will transform the bright yellow fabric to shades of red and gold throughout the sixteen days.”

Visitors have a few days left only to “walk on water” and experience The Floating Piers, an installation by Bulgarian-American land artist Christo. The impressive artwork consists of 100,000 square meters of shimmering orange fabric, supported by a modular floating dock system of 220,000 high-density polyethylene cubes and is accessible from Sulzano to Monte Isola and to the island of San Paolo. The fabric continues along 2.5 kilometers of pedestrian streets in Sulzano and Peschiera Maraglio and extends the size of this poetic installation.

And to those criticising the funding of the project, as with all of Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s projects, The Floating Piers is funded entirely through the sale of Christo’s original works of art. After the 16-day exhibition, all components will be removed and industrially recycled.


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Image: Copyrights Wolfgang Volz © 2016 Christo