Making the Floating Piers
Christo’s personal project book with lithograph The Floating Piers, Lake Iseo, Italy
Limited Art Edition of 100 copies (No. 61–160), each numbered and signed by Christo, coming with the lithograph The Floating Piers, Lake Iseo, Italy, 2017, pencil, printed photograph by Wolfgang Volz and fabric sample, 71.1 x 44.5 cm (28 x 17.5 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 above 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 as the lithograph The Floating Piers, Lake Iseo, Italy, 2017.
This stunning, grand scale aerial photograph
by Wolfgang Volz is signed by Christo and includes an original sample of the project fabric.
Christo and Jeanne-Claude. The Floating Piers. Art Edition No. 61–160 (Lithograph)
Edition of 100
Offset lithograph, 28 x 17.5 in., with piece of woven polyamide fabric, accompanied by hardcover volume in slipcase, 11.4 x 10.6 in., 846 pages