The Floating Piers
Experience a walk on water. For 16 days – June 18 through July 3, 2016 – Italy’s Lake Iseo will be reimagined. The Floating Piers is a unique and unrepeated use of landscape, a thrilling project that assigns new meanings to environment and creates an amazing multi-sensory experience through water, earth and wind elements.
The public art project was conceived in 1970 together with Jeanne-Claude, and in 2014 Christo set Lake Iseo as the location for the artwork; this is the first project that Christo will implement without his wife. It invites visitors to walk nearly three kilometres just above the surface of the water, atop of 220’000 cubes of high density polyethylene covered with 100’000 square meters of shimmering yellow fabric.
The 16 meters wide walkways connect Sulzano, Peschiera, Montisola, St. Paul’s Island, Peschiera Maraglio and Sensole, and are designed to be visible from the ground, road, mountains and air. The invigorating art conception will be open to public for 16 days, and is planned to be used by over 17,750 people at a time.
The Floating Piers will be the artists’ first large scale project since Christo and Jeanne-Claude realized The Gates in 2005. As with all of Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s projects, The Floating Piers will be funded entirely through the sale of Christo’s original works of art. The artists’ goal has always been to create works of art of joy and beauty, without charging any viewing fees.
After 16 days all the work components will be removed and industrially recycled, and the only parts of a project remaining will be the memories and photos.
CHRISTO – THE FLOATING PIERS
(PROJECT FOR LAKE ISEO, ITALY)
Collage 2015, 11 x 8 1/2″ (28 x 21.5 cm), Pencil, wax crayon, enamel paint, photograph by Wolfgang Volz, aerial photograph and fabric sample, Photo: André Grossmann, © 2015 Christo
One by one, workers install the 100 by 16 meter sections to connect the island of San Paolo with the island of Monte Isola, May 2016, Photo: Wolfgang Volz
Christo in his studio working on a preparatory drawing for The Floating Piers, New York, November 2015, Photo: Wolfgang Volz
Have a beautiful day!