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Christo and Jeanne-Claude: The Floating PiersAn incredible idea
For sixteen days – June 18 through July 3, 2016 (weather permitting) – Italy’s Lake Iseo is being reimagined. 100,000 square meters of shimmering yellow fabric, carried by a modular floating dock system of 220,000 high-density polyethylene cubes, undulate with the movement of the waves as The Floating Piers rise just above the surface of the water.
Christo and Jeanne-Claude: The Floating PiersThe experience
Tourists can live this work of art by walking on it from Sulzano to Monte Isola and to the island of San Paolo. Lake Iseo is 100 kilometers East of Milan and 200 kilometers West of Venice.
“There are no tickets, no openings, no reservations and no owners. The Floating Piers are an extension of the street and belong to everyone.” Said Christo, the artist. “Like all of our projects, The Floating Piers is absolutely free and accessible 24 hours a day, weather permitting.”
Christo and Jeanne-Claude: The Floating PiersThe Walkway
The Floating Piers are 3-kilometer- long walkway, 16 meters wide and approximately 35 centimeters high. The fabric continues along 2.5 kilometers of pedestrian streets in Sulzano and Peschiera Maraglio.
“The light and water will transform the bright yellow fabric to shades of red and gold throughout the sixteen days.”explained Christo. “Those who experience The Floating Piers will feel like they are walking on water – or perhaps the back of a whale.”
Christo and Jeanne-Claude: The Floating PiersThe Artist
Christo Vladimirov Javacheff and Jeanne-Claude were a married couple who created environmental works of art. Christo and Jeanne-Claude were born on the same day, June 13, 1935; Christo in Gabrovo, Bulgaria, and Jeanne-Claude in Morocco. They first met in Paris in October 1958. They then fell in love by creating art work together.