Limited Art Edition of 20 copies (No. 1–20) plus 20 Artist’s Proofs (No. I–XX), with Wrapped Book, 2017, signed and numbered in pencil by the artist, 32 x 30 x 8 cm (12.6 x 11.8 x 3.1 in.)
From June 18 to July 3, 2016, 100 kilometers east of Milan and 200 kilometers west of Venice, The Floating Piers
by Christo and Jeanne-Claude
allowed 1.2 million people to walk on water
. The project, comprising 100,000 square meters of shimmering saffron fabric atop a modular floating dock system of 220,000 high-density polyethylene cubes, created a three-kilometer walkway across the surface of Lake Iseo
, connecting the mainland to the islands of Monte Isola and San Paolo.
“It is all about walking,” said Christo of the project. “Including the stretches on the land, you have to walk five kilometers to appreciate the project, the constantly changing views, the lake, the mountains, the other visitors. All these things together are the final artwork
.” The experience was as tactile as it was visual, a multisensory wonder of undulating fabric, shimmering yellow, and ever-shifting light upon the water.
In this personal project book, signed and designed by Christo himself, the artist presents this extraordinary environmental work from start to finish
. On 846 pages
, he reveals the couple’s earliest concept of a floating surface on water back in 1970 through renewed interest in the project, research into possible locations, technical developments, material production, and the final 16-day experience with enraptured visitors from around the world.
This limited Art Edition
combines the project book with a 24 x 24 cm swatch of the project’s original dahlia yellow fabric
as well the extraordinary artwork, Wrapped Book
. In the celebrated wrapping tradition of Christo and Jeanne-Claude, this extremely rare piece
nods to the artists’ wrapped objects and packages of the 1950s and ’60s
as well as their larger scale wrapping projects around the globe, including Wrapped Reichstag
and Wrapped Trees
. Crafted in mustard-colored tarpaulin, it evokes both the Italian tradition of arte povera
as well as the waterborne nature of The Floating Piers