This means that if an artwork does not create a meaningful experience, we will only remember the extra effort it took to see that artwork rather than any beauty it tried to create. October 2015, Christo testing the floating modules and how the piers undulate with the movement of the waves, Photo: Wolfgang Volz The high-density polyethylene cubes were manufactured over a period of eight months at a factory in Verbania, on the Lake Maggiore, Photo: Wolfgang Volz A diver connects a rope to one of the anchors which keep the piers in place, March 2016 Photo: Wolfgang Volz The manufacturing process of the orange-yellow fabric at Setex, Greven, Germany, August 2014, Photo: Wolfgang Volz The Floating Piers, Drawing 2014 in two parts, Photo: André Grossmann © 2015 Christo Christo and Jeanne-Claude, The Floating Piers, Lake Iseo, Italy, Photo: Wolfgang Volz The floating blocks are fastened to steel frames, connected to one another with special joints designed to allow the piers oscillate up and down accordingly to the wavy movement of the lake. The history and politics associated with the structure hovered over this masked form as if it were inviting the audience to find a new place or interpretation for it. It was not the delicate intervention or vast experience of space that I saw in the photographs or that I read about in the previews. The Floating Piers Project for Lake Iseo, Italy , Drawing 2014 in two parts, Pencil, charcoal, pastel, wax crayon, enamel paint, hand-drawn map, cut-out photographs by Wolfgang Volz, fabric sample and tape, Photo: André Grossmann © 2014 Christo Christo and Jeanne-Claude, The Floating Piers, Lake Iseo, Italy, Photos: Wolfgang Volz Christo in his studio working on a preparatory drawing for The Floating Piers, New York, November 2015, Photo: Wolfgang Volz © 2015 Christo The Floating Piers, Drawing 2015, Photo: André Grossmann © 2015 Christo In 2014, Christo, together with his staff and well-respected art critic Germano Celant as project director, toured northern Italy looking for a lake suitable to become the location of a large floating art installation entitled Floating Piers, and Lake Iseo was eventually chosen as the ideal place.
On that evening we walked for hours, and no one whined, no one asked for ice cream, and no one wanted to take a break. Tourists can reach Sulzano only via train or by shuttle bus. It is not the first time Christo has worked in Italy. And so we traveled over five thousand miles with preschoolers to experience The Floating Piers, an artwork that would exist for only sixteen days. The piers, connected through ropes to a series of underwater concrete anchors positioned on the lake bed about 90 meters below the water surface, are made of 200,000 high-density recyclable polyethylene modules. Numerous international news sources reported it as a place to experience tranquility and elements of nature. Even if the piers were crowded when we arrived, the moment was beautiful.
The walkway will allow pedestrians to cross the lake from the town of Sulzano to the town of Peschiera Maraglio on the island of Monte Isola. After the 16-day exhibition, all components were removed and industrially recycled. This was also the first installation Christo made since my children were born, so the whole family got to go. Swept along with the crowds, it was hard to look around and process what we were seeing. It was there that Christo produced his first environmental installation in ten years and the first artwork completed after his partner and collaborator Jeanne-Claude passed away in 2009.
Due to the unexpectedly large crowds, organizers began closing the installation from midnight to 6 a. Like The Floating Piers, The Gates also used vibrant, gold-colored fabric to guide visitors along a path. The giant installation comprises a 4. Their initial site was between and. When we finally began walking on the section over the water, we paused to take it all in.
He was here, and so we determined to visit again on another day and time. The artwork is also the water, the houses of Monte Isola. Police estimates were even higher, at 100,000 visitors per day. On our last day in Iseo, we begged our hotel receptionist to convince her niece to let us pay her to take us in their personal boat. We tried hiking to a vista.
The Floating Piers was first conceived by Christo and Jeanne-Claude in 1970. Permits took less than a year. The area is famous for its Franciacorta wine and Serbino olive oil. From there, they can walk over to the small island of San Paolo, which will be framed entirely by the yellow floating walkway. We were inspired by the preview images of the geometric slithers cutting through the vastness of the dark waters and quiet hills. The ornamentation and materials of that place vanished behind the light and shadows of the draping.
. Christo Floating Piers Project Drawing 2014 35. One of the steel frames is going to be attached to the underside of the floating elements , April 2016, Photo: Wolfgang Volz The piers connect the lakeside in the village of Sulzano to the island of Monte Isola, and from here reach the small island of San Paolo, which will be entirely encircled by a floating platform. Planned to coincide with the summer solstice, the artwork is made up of floating pontoons constructed from 200,000 high-density polyethylene cubes. Critics of the project have derided Christo for his flagrant use of materials. When too many people were present, it was reported that buses and trains were not permitted to drop passengers in Sulzano, a town with a population of less than two thousand that sits at the start of the installation.
If you have spent significant time with little children, then you know that is transcendence. It is thus appropriate that one of his last works — he has at least two other major works in progress — is also on Italian soil. In 1995, the entire structure was enveloped by a silvery fabric and tied together with blue rope. Sulzano will be off limits to all non-residential traffic. Lake Iseo is located 100 kilometers east of Milan and 200 kilometers west of Venice. We arrived on the third day of the installation, and our hotel manager greeted us with a slew of gossip about how the neighboring towns were spinning in circles trying to keep up with the unexpected numbers of tourists.
We stood up and waved. People are already arriving from all over Italy and far beyond. Christo, who claims his work deals with the themes of temporality and nomadism, argued the piers were only one aspect of the project. In preparation, we looked at photographs, drawings, and videos from the last two years of its planning and construction. The funds were raised by Christo himself through sales of his project sketches and original art.