Christo’s New project “The Floating Piers”
This blog covers mostly Chinese art news but occasionally I like to inform the readers about other artists. This time it is Christo’s new large-scale project in Lake Iseo in Italy called “The Floating Piers” (http://www.thefloatingpiers.com). This is the first project he will finish after his wife Jeanne-Claude passed away in 2009. The floating piers will extend across the water of Lake Iseo, creating a 3 kilometers walkway that will enable visitors to walk from Sulzano to Monte Isola and to the island of San Paolo, which it encircles. According to the artist, over 70,000 square meters of shimmering yellow fabric, carried by a modular floating dock system of 200,000 high-density polyethylene cubes, will undulate with the movement of the waves as “Floating Piers” rise just above the surface of the water. Artworks related to this project is presently exhibited at Galerie Gmurzynska in St. Moritz, Switzerland.
The project is planned to be launched in Italy in the summer of this year from June 18 to July 3. Should be worth a visit if you like Christo’s large scale projects. They do not appear very often.