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Christo: The Floating Piers. Project for Lake Iseo, Italy. June 2016


Christo’s The Floating Piers will be exhibited on Lake Iseo in Italy for 16 days from 18 June to 3 July 2016, with 100,000 square metres of shimmering yellow fabric, carried by a modular floating dock system of 220,000 high-density polyethylene cubes, undulating with the movement of the waves as The Floating Piers rise just above the surface of the water.

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.”

Lake Iseo is 100 km east of Milan and 200 km west of Venice. Visitors will experience this work of art by walking on it from Sulzano to Monte Isola and to the island of San Paolo, which it encircles. The mountains surrounding the lake will offer a bird’s-eye view of The Floating Piers, exposing unnoticed angles and altering perspectives.

A 3 kilometre-long walkway will be created as The Floating Piers extend across the water of Lake Iseo. The piers will be 16 metres wide and approximately 50 centimetres high with sloping sides. The fabric will continue along 1.5 kilometres of pedestrian streets in Sulzano and Peschiera Maraglio

christo lake iseo italy

The Floating Piers will be Christo’s first large scale project since Christo and Jeanne-Claude realized The Gates in New York in 2005. As with all of Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s projects, it 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 industrially recycled.

Christo and Jeanne-Claude have a long history of creating projects in Italy: Wrapped Fountain and Wrapped Medieval Tower in Spoleto, 1968; Wrapped Monuments in Milan, 1970; and The Wall, Wrapped Roman Wall in Rome, 1974, and after over 40 years Christo is excited to be working in Italy again.


Christo’s project at Lake Iseo: www.floatingpiers.com


About jeh

Jeremy Hunt is Director of the AAJ Press (Art & Architecture Journal / Press) – a writer and consultant on art and public space


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