I traveled to Italy this week with my husband and some friends to see Christo’s newest work, “Floating Piers” on the beautiful Lake Iseo. I have always loved Christo’s work and have been fortunate to see his “The Umbrellas” in California in 1993, and “The Gates” in New York City in 2005.
Our group decided we wanted to view this work in every way we could. We started the tour by helicoptering from the north end of the lake, flying over the steep mountains that border this lake before swooping down to circle around the various piers and island surrounds created by Jeanne-Claude Christo. After setting down, we walked the short distance to town to join the thousands of other tourists and walk the 5.5 km of golden fabric covered “floating” piers and walkways that are part of the exhibit.
The walkway is assembled from 220,000 high-density polyethylene cubes that form its 53 foot wide walkways. Its surface is covered with a waterproof bright saffron-colored fabric that contrasts beautifully against the deep blue of the lake. I could see the movement of the water under the pier and feel the rocking of the waves under my feet. One of my favorite moments was just sitting on the edge of the pier and feeling the movement made by the water under me and the walkers around me.
We finished off the tour with a ride on a stunning 1971 Aqua Riva power boat that carried around the piers and wrapped islands in high style before speeding down to the south end of the lake to finish off our tour.
It was a special day with special friends and I feel lucky to have had them with me to share it with. Now I have my fingers crossed to see Jeanne-Claude’s next planned installation in Colorado…”Over the River” hopefully installed in the next few years. Except this time, I’ll experience the art on a white water raft!