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Floating Piers

Lake, Iseo, Italy - June 18 - July 3, 2016

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Floating Piers

The Floating Piers at Lake Iseo, Italy, is Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s first large-scale project since they realized The Gates in 2005. It consists of a modular floating dock walkway, 16 meters wide and 35 centimeters high, covered in yellow-gold fabric, and running across Lake Iseo from the shore settlement of Sulzano to the islands of Monte Isola and San Paolo. The installation is free and open to the public but in-situ for just 16 days between June 18 and July 3, 2016. The project expects to see thousands of visitors walking on water during this period.

The experience of The Floating Piers is as much about the surrounding Lake Iseo landscape as it is about the three-kilometer walkway itself. In Christo’s words: “The constantly changing views, the lake, the mountains, the other visitors. All these things together are the final artwork.” The project draws upon a tradition of Christo and Jeanne-Claude projects in Italy, including Wrapped Fountain and Wrapped Medieval Tower in Spoleto, 1968; Wrapped Monuments in Milan, 1970; and The Wall – Wrapped Roman Wall in Rome, 1973–74. As with all of Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s projects, The Floating Piers is funded entirely through the sale of Christo’s original works of art. After the 16-day exhibition, all components will be removed and recycled.

TASCHEN’s The Floating Piers collection includes Floating Piers postcards, ready-to-frame prints, and the definitive Floating Piers book with abundant pictures as well as sketches, drawings, and plans from the Christo and Jeanne-Claude studio. Spanning the earliest designs for a floating dock artwork to the manufacture of fabric and anchoring of polyethylene cubes, the book reveals the long history behind this waterborne miracle. The Floating Piers Collector’s Edition produced after the project’s conclusion is designed and conceived by Christo himself.