Christo’s Floating Piers Installation Allows You to Walk on Water
Marks the artist's first large-scale project since the passing of his wife
At 81, artist Christo continues to take on projects of a scale unimaginable to most of his contemporaries. His latest installation lets visitors to Northern Italy’s Lake Iseo actually walk on water. “The Floating Piers” is a walkway stretching nearly two miles into the lake, linking two islands to the mainland.
Christo has long championed temporary works: “Our works are nomadic, just like people. They appear somewhere for a short time and then they are gone forever.” This effort is particularly fleeting, open for only 16 days. (It closes on July 3.) It’s proved even more popular than expected, as 270,000 people visited it in the first five days, a massive number for a place where only 2,000 people normally live.
Entrance is free, and the project’s estimated cost of $17 million was self-financed by the artist.
Christo conceived of the idea with his wife Jeanne-Claude back in 1970. The project, however, had to be executed without her. Jeanne-Claude passed in 2009 at the age of 74.
Christo had not taken on a large-scale project since her death. His previous one was he and his wife’s collaboration, “The Gates,” in New York’s Central Park in 2005.
Watch an aerial video of people walking the Floating Piers to get a full sense of what Christo called “people walking nowhere.”
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