During the 16 longest days of the year, from June 18th to July 3rd, Christo‘s new project will be held in Italy.
The Bulgarian-born artist who, together with his wife Jeanne-Claude (passed away in 2009) have always surprised and thrilled the entire world. He is back in Italy after 40 years to create a sort of boardwalk on Lake Iseo: two kilometres on land and three others on a floating pier covered by 70,000 square metres of iridescent yellow polyamide canvas.
A temporary structure supported by a modular system of floating piers made up of 200,000 polyethylene 50x50x40 hollow sectioned cubes juxtaposed and connected together to form modules of 100 metres in length and 16 in width.
The 32 modules will have sloping edges (like a beach) so as to allow access from the water at any point of the boardwalk. The installation will be developed on the water by following the movement of the waves and, with a total length of 4.5 kilometres, is expected to be visited by about 17,750 people at a time.
Visitors will be able to experience this piece by walking its entire length, which extends in a circle from Sulzano to Monte Isola and then up to the island of San Paolo. The artist’s aim is to have visitors experience the contrast between the fluidity of water and the rigidity of the materials used bound to the land; in fact, it’s not the first time that Christo explores these concepts through his works.
“You will walk on water… It will be a three kilometre walk, you will feel the waves under your feet,” this is how Christo describes his work.
The Floating Piers is considered one of the most important events of 2016 at a worldwide level, an experience not to be missed.