Sunday, February 20, 2005

The Gates, Central Park, New York, 1979-2005

The photos are fantastic and the descriptions inspiring. It's the last week to see Christo and Jean-Claude's Gates in Central Park. The installation -- the biggest art project in New York history -- includes 7500 archways, 16-feet high with banners of saffron-colored fabric. The gates provide ribbons of bright orange color through the park against the varying grays of the city in winter. Best views are from the roof of the Metropolitan Museum and several of the hotels on Central Park South, plus, of course, wondering through them on the paths of the park. The installation will last 16 days. The artists are best known for their large, fabric-based installations such as "Wrapped Reichstag" where they wrapped the German Parliament building in Berlin in silvery fabric in 1995 and "The Umbrellas" which featured 3100 large umbrellas opened in the valleys of California and Japan in 1991.


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