In the Lombardy region of Italy, the artist Christo has unveiled his latest installation, "The Floating Piers," a walkway stretching nearly two miles to connect two small islands to each other and to the mainland.
The floating walkway is made from a puckered yellow-orange, waterproof nylon fabric, crafted to change color depending on the time of day and the weather. When it rains, it becomes splattered with bright orange blotches left by footsteps treading on the soaked fabric.
“It’s actually very painterly, like an abstract painting, but it will change all the time,” Christo, a Bulgarian-born American citizen, told The New York Times about his installation.
The route loops the small island of San Paolo before entering pedestrian areas in the towns of Sulzano, on the mainland, and Peschiera Maraglio, on Monte Isola, an islet rising out of the lake. The project, he said, “is all this” — the piers, the lake, the mountains, “with the sun, the rain, the wind, it’s part of the physicality of the project, you have to live it.”
"The Floating Piers" will be open and free to the public between June 18 and July 3, after which it will be dismantled and recycled. “The important part of this project is the temporary part, the nomadic quality,” Christo said. “The work needs to be gone, because I do not own the work, no one does. This is why it is free.” Read the full piece over at The New York Times.
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