Christo’s Floating Piers


Christo’s latest project has already made quite a splash, literally. The ambitious artist’s goal of creating floating piers that stretch miles out into gorgeous Lake Iseo was met with both skepticism and excitement. The project has been bumping around  the Bulgarian-born American’s head for nearly 50 years. Realized and completed in a mere 22 months, the bright gold fabric covers more than 220,000 high-density polyethylene cubes that form a wide walkway floating atop the lake’s surface. Open for a scant 16 days, we are sad to miss this impressive use of a lake as an artist’s canvas. The idea of walking atop water, in this gorgeous setting, is quite appealing, indeed. Make sure to click on the images to see them in detail. Via The New York Times:

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Christo, the 81 year old creator, atop the skeleton of the floating piers. A thoughtful and self-aware artist, he’s quoted:

“I know these projects are totally irrational, totally useless,” he added. “The world can live without them, nobody needs them, only me and Jeanne-Claude. She always made the point that they exist because we like to have them, and if others like them, it’s only a bonus.”


A woman walks on the installation 'The Floating Piers' by Bulgarian-born artist Christo Vladimirov Yavachev known as Christo, on the Lake Iseo, northern Italy, June 16, 2016.REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES.