Christo’s Floating Piers on Lake Iseo
From June 18 to July 3, 2016, 100 kilometers east of Milan and 200 kilometers west of Venice, thousands of people will walk on water. The Floating Piers by Christo will deploy 70,000 square meters of shimmering yellow fabric above a modular floating dock system of 200,000 high-density polyethylene cubes to create a temporary, three-kilometer walkway across the surface of Lake Iseo, connecting the mainland to the islands of Monte Isola and San Paolo.
The piers will be 16 meters wide and approximately 50 centimeters high, with sloping sides. Visitors will experience the artwork by walking from Sulzano to Monte Isola and over to San Paolo. The mountains surrounding the lake will also offer a bird’s-eye view of the project, revealing unnoticed angles and perspectives.
The Floating Piers will be Christo’s first large scale project since Christo and Jeanne-Claude realized The Gates in 2005 and will draw upon Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s established history of projects in Italy, including Wrapped Fountain and Wrapped Medieval Tower in Spoleto, 1968; Wrapped Monuments in Milan, 1970; and The Wall – Wrapped Roman Wall in Rome, 1973–74. 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. After the 16-day exhibition, all components will be removed and recycled.
This book gathers Christo’s sketches, models, documents, and designs to reveal the complete process behind this waterborne work of art. Incorporating everything from approval procedures to the manufacture of fabric and anchoring elements, it testifies not only to Christo’s unique creative imagination but also to the immense technical, bureaucratic, and logistical feats that allowed the concept to take float.
The artists Christo & Jeanne-Claude have worked in collaboration since 1961, and lived in New York City since 1964. Their large-scale projects include Wrapped Coast, Australia, 1968–69; Valley Curtain, Rifle, Colorado, 1970–72; Running Fence, Sonoma and Marin Counties, California, 1972–76; Surrounded Islands, Biscayne Bay, Florida, 1980–83; The Pont Neuf Wrapped, Paris, 1975–85; The Umbrellas, Japan–USA, 1984–91; Wrapped Reichstag, Berlin, 1971–95; Wrapped Trees , Riehen, Switzerland, 1997–98; and The Gates, Central Park, New York City, 1979-2005. Jeanne-Claude died in 2009.
Wolfgang Volz has worked with Christo and Jeanne-Claude as the exclusive photographer of their works since 1971. He was also project director (with Roland Specker) for Wrapped Reichstag and (with Josy Kraft) for Wrapped Trees , and was in charge of The Wall - 13,000 Oil Barrels, 1999. His close collaboration has resulted in many books and more than 300 exhibitions in museums and galleries around the world.
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Dokumentations-Ausstellung Verhüllter Reichstag, Berlin, 1971-95, Reichstag Berlin, Germany, November 25, 2015 - December 31, 2017
|Author||Christo & Jeanne-Claude, Wolfgang Volz, Jonathan William Henery|
|Cover||Softcover with flaps|
|Dimensions||cm 23,5 x 29,0|
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