Walking on Water

17christoItem-superJumbo.jpgA new installation by the artist Christo, “The Floating Piers,” consists of temporary bridges spanning Italy’s Lake Iseo and connecting two small islands.

17christo-5-master675.jpgThe saffron-coloured platforms float on specially designed plastic bottles.

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The installation attempts to reframe a familiar landscape. Some visitors wonder what its purpose might be and ask the artist to explain. “Look!” Christo said, pointing to a juncture where two pathways joined to form a bright saffron-colored V, contrasting against the deep blue of the lake. “You see! It falls in that way so you can see the movement,” he said. “It’s actually breathing.” They still find it hard to accept.

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(thanks to The New York Times.)

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