Floating Piers on Lake Iseo by Christo and Jeanne-Claude

It took them half a century to materialize their dream.

The idea for Christo’s latest project ‘The Floating Piers’ was conceived together with his late wife Jeanne-Claude in the early seventies.

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In 2014, half a century later he found Lake Iseo in Northern Italy to be the most inspiring location for this monumental project.

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Photograph: Filippo Venezia/AP

In two years time using more than 200 000 floating cubes wrapped-up in hundreds of thousands square metres of yellow fabric and the 3 kilometre walkway was ready to accept its first visitors.

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Photograph: Marco Bertorello/AFP/Getty Images

 Visitors can experience this work of art by walking on it from Sulzano to Monte Isola and to the island of San Paolo, which is framed by The Floating Piers.

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Photograph: Marco Bertorello—AFP/Getty Images

 Christo explains the inspiration for his project:

‘The elements of the installation are totally useless, the world can live without them but they are done by humans and only humans can do art. I don’t like virtual things, I prefer the real things, the real water, the real sun, the real wind, the real fear, the real joy and if people do not enjoy that, why would they walk 3 km on water?’

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Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

 ‘Like all of our projects, The Floating Piers is absolutely free and accessible 24 hours a day, weather permitting,’ said Christo. ‘There are no tickets, no openings, no reservations and no owners. The Floating Piers are an extension of the street and belong to everyone.’

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Photographs: AFP/Getty Images, wolfgang volz, christo

 

You can find detailed information about the project ‘The Floating Piers’ here:

http://www.thefloatingpiers.com/

http://www.christojeanneclaude.net/

 

The Floating Piers is a work in progress by artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude and it is on view at Italy’s Lake Iseo from June 18 to July 3, 2016