Floating piers by Christo

Floating piers by ChristoImage courtesy of Christo and Jeanne-Claude

Floating piers by Christo

Three kilometres of saffron-coloured pathways temporarily connect the shore of Lake Iseo  (Italy) to islands at its centre in this installation by Bulgarian artist Christo. Only for 16 days during June 2016 visitors can walk from Sulzano on the lake’s eastern edge to the island of Monte Isola. They can also use two paths to reach the islet of San Paolo, which is encircled by the pontoons.

 

Floating piers by ChristoImage courtesy of Christo and Jeanne-Claude

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The shimmering orange-yellow fabric that is draped over the modules continues for an extra 1.5 kilometres along the streets of Sulzano and the village of Peschiera Maraglio on the other side. The piers measure 16 metres wide and rise approximately 50 centimetres above the water, with sides sloping gently down to the surface. A modular system of 200,000 high-density polyethylene cubes forms the walkways, which are designed to move up and down with the movement of the waves.

 

Floating piers by ChristoImage courtesy of Christo and Jeanne-Claude

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“The mountains surrounding the lake will offer a bird’s-eye view of The Floating Piers, exposing unnoticed angles and altering perspectives,” said Christo. The Floating Piers was conceived in the spring of 2014, when the artist and his production team scouted the lakes of Northern Italy for a location. The project is funded entirely by the sale of Christo’s original works of art. After the 16-day run, all of the components will be removed and industrially recycled.

 

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