Discussion in 'Up to the Minute' started by wfgodot, Jun 29, 2013.
Appeals board upholds permit for Christo project. (AP)
I am very confused. What is the point of fabric over the river and why in the world was it granted to begin with?
Christo's (and his late partner Jeanne-Claude's) works are (according to Wiki) "visually impressive and often controversial as a result of [their] scale; the artists have repeatedly denied that their projects contain any deeper meaning than their immediate aesthetic impact. The purpose of their art, they contend, is simply to create works of art or joy and beauty and to create new ways of seeing familiar landscapes."
Those works have included Wrapped Coast; Valley Curtain; The Umbrellas, Japan–USA, 1984–91; Pont Neuf; and Wrapped Reichstag.
One of Christo's and Jeanne-Claude's most famous and in my opinion most beautiful pieces was Running Fence.
This portion of their personal website documents the Running Fence project.
See especially the photos of the finished piece at the bottom of the page.
I saw one of their smaller projects, Wrapped Walk Ways, in Kansas City in 1977, I think it was.
I looked at
Running Fence from the above link.
I guess this just isn't my kind of thing.
Though it probably looked pretty spectacular from say a plane. Or maybe a satellite
I don't understand how covering stuff with fabric is art. Not everyone with a paint brush can create art, but anyone with enough fabric can do what Cristo doe's. I don't get it.
I admit that I wasn't that into Christo even after seeing the KC project; it didn't move me. Then came "Umbrellas" - "one of the umbrellas in California was toppled by high winds, killing one woman and injuring several others" - and I was even less convinced, BUT then came "Wrapped Reichstag," a brilliant work, and I was forced to re-evaluate. I'd been wrong.
Better than I'd thought....
Still don't get it.
I guess I am more into things like this
Nature is art. Besides, wouldn't suspending these panels above the water for two weeks cause the sunlight to be blocked to the water causing not only a shift in photosynthesis but also confusion to the wildlife. I don't see this as anything more than just more pollution that's harming our environment. Sorry
Wrapped Reichstag, Berlin, 1971-95
Personally, I really liked the Umbrellas project/s and the one they did in Central Park, "The Gates". Point being, I don't like all their work but I do really like some select pieces.
I hope he will be able to realize their "Over the River Project". It was first conceived of in 1992., a work in progress.
Here is the website: http://www.overtheriverinfo.com/
Art, as Shakespeare opined in 'Hamlet,' "holds the mirror up to natue." Christo's mirror is simply closer than most.
meh - doesn't impress me
art, like beauty, really is in the eye of the beholder
I saw the Umbrellas and it was neat- but not worth the cost. Not only was someone killed- IIRC there were complaints that even after the umbrellas were removed and the art was done that they had left materials (trash, concrete pieces, etc) up in that area.
Sometimes I think his stuff isn't so much about the fabric across the river, the umbrellas on the hills, etc.- but the controversy and fighting it takes to put everything up.
Pretty stupid. The money this costs could have a better use. What a waste.
I had to look that up. Yes, a woman was killed by this umbrella. Unbelievable. Why are authorities allowing this? He is promising to mitigate impacts with fabric over the river project. Yet how believable is it, considering his umbrella project killed a woman and injured other people?
"A 485-pound yellow umbrella, part of an international project of the environmental artist Christo, was toppled by winds on Saturday, killing a woman near here and injuring several other people, officials said."
I'd never seen that until now. Gorgeous, especially at night. I remember seeing a documentary about "The Gates" in Central Park and I thought that was also an amazing piece of work.
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