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.
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.”
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.”
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.
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- Christo gets permission to wrap the Arkensas River (telegraph.co.uk)
- Artist Christo Gives National Gallery 2 Collages (abcnews.go.com)
- Christo ‘Over The River’ Project: Colorado Approves 2 Leases (VIDEO) (huffingtonpost.com)