Culture Vulture, July 9

- July 10, 2011

Beyond the Land of Enchantment: "Over the River"

Beyond the Land of Enchantment

Sometimes I will include a post that is about art and cultural matters elsewhere. Whether in another blog post or standing alone, I’ll refer to these as “Beyond the Land of Enchantment”.  So here goes…

Christo, the artist best known for the Wrapped Reichstag in Berlin years ago, the Gates in Central Park and for many other site-specific art projects, is in the final stages of planning for Over the River, a temporary work of art that he and his late wife Jeanne-Claude conceived years ago. Christo plans to suspend 5.9 miles of silvery, luminous fabric panels high above the Arkansas River along a 42-mile stretch of the river between Salida and Cañon City in south-central Colorado.

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper expressed his "unequivocal support for this unique project" in a recent letter to Bureau of Land Management State Director Helen Hankins regarding Over The River.  As with all of Christo’s projects and certainly this, his last, many people will be needed to create this work and I am already on the list to be part of this one – I was very sorry I was traveling out of the country when Gates took place in Manhattan. If all goes well with the permitting process, this project will take place next summer. Maybe we can organize a New Mexico “village” at the project site with lots on New Mexicans involved.

Wrapped Reichstag: www.olinda.com/ArtAndIdeas/lectures/christo.htm

Gates: http://www.nyc-architecture.com/CP/cp-gates.htm

Over the River: http://www.overtheriverinfo.com