Subject Matter Visits: The Floating Piers – Lake Iseo, Italy – A project by Christo and Jeanne-Claude
One of the most ambitious installations ever created, Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s Floating Piers have transformed a small lake in Italy into a mecca for art-lovers around the world.
You could never describe Christo and Jeanne-Claude as artists daunted by scale. The three kilometre walkway which undulates across the lake was created with 100,000 square metres of saffron fabric, carried by a modular floating dock system of 220,000 polyethylene cubes. Athletes from Christo’s home country of Bulgaria assembled the cubes while divers have been attaching them to concrete slabs on the lake floor, with 190 anchors transported by air balloons.
Initially conceived in 1970 – and sadly only realised after Jeanne-Claude’s death – the Floating Piers is at the very heart of the axis between the power of human imagination and the beauty of nature. A truly magical moment in the history of art.
Until July 3rd, Lake Iseo, Italy