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November 10, 2011 | Posted by | No Comments

Art Over the River

"Over the River" by Christo and Jeanne-Claude

Mark your calendars for late summer of 2014 – Christo‘s next project has been approved! In the incubator since the early 1990s, Christo and Jeanne-Claude‘s “Over the River” installation includes eight suspended panels totaling nearly 6 miles along a 42 mile stretch of the Arkansas River in southern Colorado, three hours southwest of Denver.

"Over the River" by Christo and Jeanne-Claude

Currently waiting further permitting, construction is expected to begin in 2012 and will culminate in a two week showing in 2014. The New York Times reports, “Christo’s larger-than-life vision [for this project] has divided environmentalists, residents and politicians for years over questions of aesthetics, nature and economic impact.”

"Wrapped Trees" by Christo and Jeanne-Claude

The article continues, “Federal officials said that “Over the River” could generate $121 million in economic output and draw 400,000 visitors, both during the construction — which could become its own tourist event — and the display itself.”

"The Gates" by Christo and Jeanne-Claude

Christo’s projects – including The Pont Neuf Wrapped, The Umbrellas, Wrapped Reichstag, Wrapped Trees, and most recently The Gates in New York’s Central Park – are breathtakingly beautiful to witness. If you haven’t seen one in person yet, now is the time. Run, don’t walk, to Colorado in 2014.

"The Wall – 13,000 Oil Barrels" by Christo and Jeanne-Claude

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