Floating Piers on Lake Iseo, Italy by Christo and Jeanne-Claude

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Christo and Jeanne-Claude: The Floating Piers, Lake Iseo, Italy.

For sixteen days – June 18 through July 3, 2016 – Italy’s Lake Iseo was being reimagined. 100,000 square meters of shimmering yellow fabric, carried by a modular floating dock system of 220,000 high-density polyethylene cubes, undulated with the movement of the waves as The Floating Piers rose just above the surface of the water.

Visitors were able experience this work of art by walking on it from Sulzano to Monte Isola and to the island of San Paolo, which was framed by The Floating Piers. The mountains surrounding the lake offered a bird’s-eye view of The Floating Piers, exposing unnoticed angles and altering perspectives. Lake Iseo is located 100 kilometers east of Milan and 200 kilometers west of Venice.

“Like all of our projects, The Floating Piers were absolutely free and open to the public,” said Christo. “There were no tickets, no openings, no reservations and no owners. The Floating Piers were an extension of the street and belonged to everyone.”

A 3-kilometer-long walkway was created as The Floating Piers extended across the water of Lake Iseo. The piers were 16 meters wide and approximately 35 centimeters high with sloping sides. The fabric continued along 2.5 kilometers of pedestrian streets in Sulzano and Peschiera Maraglio.

“Those who experienced The Floating Piers felt like they were walking on water – or perhaps the back of a whale,” said Christo. “The light and water transformed the bright yellow fabric to shades of red and gold throughout the sixteen days.”

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Floating Piers on Lake Iseo, Italy by Christo and Jeanne-Claude:

To create the installation necessary 200 thousand plastic cubes. (Photo by Wolfgang Volz):

Floating Piers on Lake Iseo, Italy by Christo and Jeanne-Claude

Artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude invented the floating trail back in the 1970s, but began to put into practice only in 2014.

Sketches Floating Piers on Lake Iseo. (Photo by André Grossmann):

Floating Piers on Lake Iseo, Italy by Christo and Jeanne-Claude

American sculptor Hristo Yavashev tries his unfinished creation. (Photo by Wolfgang Volz):

Floating Piers on Lake Iseo, Italy by Christo and Jeanne-Claude

Despite the seeming simplicity, it is rather complicated construction. In March this year, a few months before the opening of the trail, divers fixed the concrete anchors on the bottom of the lake, which were to hold the plastic cubes. (Photo by Wolfgang Volz):

Floating Piers on Lake Iseo, Italy by Christo and Jeanne-Claude

(Photo by Wolfgang Volz):

Floating Piers on Lake Iseo, Italy by Christo and Jeanne-Claude

Create Floating pier Christo, April 2016. (Photo by Wolfgang Volz):

Floating Piers on Lake Iseo, Italy by Christo and Jeanne-Claude

Create Floating pier Christo, May 2016. (Photo by Wolfgang Volz):

Floating Piers on Lake Iseo, Italy by Christo and Jeanne-Claude

The next stage of creation – in orange wrap film. (Photo by Wolfgang Volz):

Floating Piers on Lake Iseo, Italy by Christo and Jeanne-Claude

Incidentally, it is in the sun can change color to yellow. (Photo by Wolfgang Volz):

Floating Piers on Lake Iseo, Italy by Christo and Jeanne-Claude

The yellow trail is 5.5 km long, 3 of which are laid on water. It links the coastal village of Sulzano, the island Monte Isola island and Sao Paolo. Around the latter path and forms a “Floating pier of Christ.” (Photo by Wolfgang Volz):

Floating Piers on Lake Iseo, Italy by Christo and Jeanne-Claude

As mentioned above, part of the Orange trail passes through the streets.

Floating Piers on Lake Iseo, Italy by Christo and Jeanne-Claude

According to the artist, the installation should be available around the clock, but a few days after the opening of the authorities banned the night walking on the pontoons. (Photo by Wolfgang Volz):

Floating Piers on Lake Iseo, Italy by Christo and Jeanne-Claude

14. Floating pier Hristo dominant. (Photo by Wolfgang Volz):

Floating Piers on Lake Iseo, Italy by Christo and Jeanne-Claude


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Floating Piers on Lake Iseo, Italy by Christo and Jeanne-Claude

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Floating Piers on Lake Iseo, Italy by Christo and Jeanne-Claude

17. Floating pier Hristo opened 18 June 2016 the trail was free round the clock and is available to everyone by 3 July. Then the dismantled structure and its constituent elements are sent for processing. (Photo by Wolfgang Volz):

Floating Piers on Lake Iseo, Italy by Christo and Jeanne-Claude

18. On the surface were able to walk during that time 1.3 million people.

Floating Piers on Lake Iseo, Italy by Christo and Jeanne-Claude

19. It seems to be true. (Photo by Wolfgang Rattay):

Floating Piers on Lake Iseo, Italy by Christo and Jeanne-Claude

20. A few more photos of the unusual orange trail – Floating pier Christ. (Photo by Wolfgang Rattay):

Floating Piers on Lake Iseo, Italy by Christo and Jeanne-Claude

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Floating Piers on Lake Iseo, Italy by Christo and Jeanne-Claude

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Floating Piers on Lake Iseo, Italy by Christo and Jeanne-Claude

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Floating Piers on Lake Iseo, Italy by Christo and Jeanne-Claude

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Floating Piers on Lake Iseo, Italy by Christo and Jeanne-Claude

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Floating Piers on Lake Iseo, Italy by Christo and Jeanne-Claude

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Floating Piers on Lake Iseo, Italy by Christo and Jeanne-Claude





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