Saturday, February 12, 2005

Christo and Jeanne-Claude's Gates Unfurled 2/12/05:

The Gates: A jolt of optimism for these parlous times

Just got back from Central Park where the Gates were unfurled today. Although the gates were erected over the course of the last week, today was "the unfurling"; each gate held aloft a cocoon containing the bright orange nylon awaiting this day to emerge. For Christo fans, this was an epiphany; for art lovers an event; but for many this was a chance to get out in the park and take a look through new eyes with fresh colors, shapes and ideas to mingle with and muddle through.

Read more about the gates from the artists website.

This from the official website of Central Park:
On February 12, New York City and Central Park launched an extraordinary art event. Celebrated artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude unfurled THE GATES, PROJECT FOR CENTRAL PARK 1979-2005. On view for 16 days, the 7,500 gates will line 23 miles of pathways in Central Park, from 59th Street to 110th Street. Saffron-colored fabric panels will hang seven feet above the ground, blowing in the wind and delighting the public walking beneath with a warm glow of translucent color. The gates will seem like a golden river appearing and disappearing through the bare branches of the trees. The exhibit is free for everyone to enjoy and will not interfere with normal Park activity.

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