Christo and Jeanne-Claude: Floating Piers

In 1970, Bulgarian-born sculptor Christo conceptualized Floating Piers with his wife and longtime creative partner, Jeanne-Claude. Together, they imagined a public sculpture which allowed people to walk on water, using their pioneering method of imposing temporary, cloth-based installations that reframe landscapes. In 2016, after Jeanne-Claude’s death, Christo finally realized Floating Piers, with Italy’s Lake Iseo as the site. For 16 days, Christo mounted 220,000 polyethylene cubes in Lake Iseo and covered them in a golden yellow fabric, creating a series of floating walkways that connected the island of San Paolo with nearby Suzano and Monte Isola. The walkways spanned three kilometers and attracted over a million visitors during the short installation. Though the piece itself no longer exists—Floating …

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