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Christo: a golden river in Central Park
Christo and Jeanne-Claude have managed to conclude what has always seemed – even to those who had wrapped the Reichstag in Berlin and Pont Neuf in Paris – an impossible task: that of transforming Central Park. From February 12, the New York park will be “illuminated” with 7,500 “gates” from which will flap rectangles of saffron yellow fabric.
“It will look like a golden river that peeks out from among the trees and bushes, indicating a path to be followed,” explain the artists. Like all of Christo’s undertakings, this one will also have a short life. After 16 days “The Gates” will be taken down and its 5,290 tonnes of steel (two thirds of the steel used for the Eiffel Tower) and almost 100,000 square metres of fabric will be completely recycled. E.S.