Walk on Water: ‘The Floating Piers’ – Lake Iseo, Italy
Human’s Imagination and Creativity transcends beyond boundaries, when those gifted skills are reflected in one’s work it transforms into an amazing piece of art. On the lines of The Floating Waterfalls in Versailles, The Crooked House in Poland comes ‘The Floating Piers’. Designed by Christo and Jeanne-Claude, the Floating Piers is set above Lake Iseo, Italy. Extending across the lake, the walkway is 3-km long; 16 meters wide and 35 cm high with sloping sides.
Lake Iseo is found 200 km west of Venice and 100 km east of Milan. Visitors can view and feel the workmanship by taking a stride from Sulzano to Monte Isola and from Monte Isola to the island of San Paolo. Says Christo, “Like all of our projects, The Floating Piers is absolutely free and accessible 24 hours a day, weather permitting. There are no tickets, no openings, no reservations and no owners. The Floating Piers are an extension of the street and belong to everyone.”
Floating Piers will be on display from June 18 up to July 3. Visualized by Christo and Jeanne-Claude, the artwork’s origin dates back to 1970. This is Christo’s first comprehensive project after the duo’s ‘The Gates’ in 2005 and Jeanne-Claude’s death in 2009. All the components utilized for the work will be industrially recycled after the show’s completion.