Good Reading : June 2005
46 goodreading coffee table streams of gold Christo and Jeanne-Claude have created art together as partners for more that four decades.Their unique and magi- cal works use entire environments, urban and rural, such as buildings, towers, walls, parks and ocean fronts. Australians, especially Sydneysiders, may remember the wrapping of the cliff-lined shore area of Little Bay.The coast remained wrapped for seven weeks from October 28, 1969.Then all the materials were removed and the site returned to its original condition. In February 2005 Christo and Jeanne-Claude finally completed their latest project, The Gates, a monumental work of art in New York City’s Central Park.This extraordinary project, featuring 7500 16-foot (488 cm)-high vinyl gates lining the park’s paths from which hung saffron-coloured fabric panels, was first conceived in 1979. Rejected by the New York City government it took till 2003 to be finally approved. For those lucky people working in the buildings surrounding the park, The Gates looked like a golden flowing river, while those people walking through them experienced the ambience of a fluid golden ceiling. Thousands of New York City residents were employed to assem - ble The Gates in local factories before installing them in the park. They remained there for 16 days, free for all visitors to enjoy.They were then disassembled and the materials recycled. The Gates, the book, documents the entire project from its conception in 1979 to its completion on February 12, 2005, ‘Flowering Day’. In many ways it takes a book like this to see Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s artwork in all its glory as well as being a permanent reminder of what an extraordinary creation it was.