Christo's floating pier on Lake Iseo

Christo's floating pier on Lake Iseo

The Bulgarian conceptual artist Christo has wrapped both the Reichstag in Berlin and the Pont-Neuf bridge in Paris in fabric. He also built a nearly forty kilometre fabric fence running down to the sea in California. At the age of 81, Christo is still working. His latest piece is a vast floating pier - again draped in fabric - on Lake Iseo in northern Italy that allows people to walk on water. On board a boat on the lake, Christo talks about his latest project.

Christo, The Floating Piers

Christo, The Floating Piers

By Nicola Scevola, Klat Magazine.

“In over fifty years of activity, Jeanne-Claude and I have realized only 22 of the 59 works that we conceived, owing to the difficulty of obtaining permits. While we have lost interest in some of the unfinished projects, there are others we still care deeply about:The Floating Piers is one of these.” More than six years have passed since his wife’s death, but Christo, whose full name is Christo Vladimirov Yavachev, speaks as if she were still at his side.

Christo to let people "walk on the water"

Christo to let people "walk on the water"

By Colleen Barry, Associated Press.

It's taken nearly 2,000 years, but regular folks will soon get to feel what it is like to walk on water thanks to a project by the artist Christo, who may or may not have had his namesake in mind when envisioning his latest project: "The Floating Piers."

The Inside Story of Christo's Floating Piers

The Inside Story of Christo's Floating Piers

By Jeff MacGregor, Smithsonian Magazine

The lake is impossible. The lake is a painting of a lake; the water a painting of water. Like floating on a second sky. Too blue. Too cool. Too deep. Impossible. The mountains, too. Too steep, too green with trees, too white with snow. Villages pour down the hills and run russet and ocher and brown to the water’s edge. Red tile rooftops necklace the shore. Flat calm, and at midday the quiet carries from one end of Lago d’Iseo to the other, from the vineyards to the mines to the small hotels. The stillness here has weight.

The Santa Giulia Museum in Brescia presents "Christo and Jeanne-Claude: Water Projects"

The Santa Giulia Museum in Brescia presents "Christo and Jeanne-Claude: Water Projects"

With over 150 studies, drawings, collages, models and photographs from many Italian and international collections, the exhibition Christo and Jeanne-Claude: Water Projects, curated by Germano Celant in collaboration with Christo and his studio, presents for the first time a full reconstruction of the water-related monumental past or currently ongoing projects from 1968 to 2016.

Next From Christo: Art That Lets You Walk on Water

Next From Christo: Art That Lets You Walk on Water

By Carol Vogel, The New York Times.

It’s been a decade since those 16 days in February 2005 when the artist duo Christo and Jeanne-Claude installed 7,500 gates along Central Park’s walkways, each adorned with shimmering saffron-colored panels creating what Christo described as “a golden river appearing and disappearing through the branches of the trees.”