A stunning installation by the American artist Christo has opened on beautiful Lake Iseo on 18 June and will last to 3 July. A floating walkway of 4.5 km that connects the village of Sulzano with Monte Isola, the largest island on Lake Iseo, and the small island of San Paolo. The installation was carried out with 70,000 meters of yellow-orange fabric panels, supported by a system of floating pontoons. Each pier is 16 meters wide and 50 centimeters high.
The installation is completely free and visitors can admire the most hidden and the most unexpected views of the mountains around the lake.
Christo is an American artist of Bulgarian origin. He has always worked with his wife Jeanne-Claude and together they created some of the more visually interesting installations of the current and last century. From Valley Curtain in Colorado and Running Fence in California to Surrounded Islands in Miami and The Pont Neuf Wrapped in Paris and many others. They are renown for always creating temporary works defined as public art.
With the Floating Piers, Christo is back in Italy after over 40 years.
I will let you walk on water, better if you come without shoes; It will be a walk where you feel the waves under your feet.
The original idea was born in 1970, but only in 2014, after the death of Jeanne-Claude, Christo decided that Lake Iseo offered the perfect setting for the project. Like all their works, the funds for the realization come from the sale of original artworks by Christo to private collectors, art galleries and museums — the whole installation has cost $15 million. All materials and components will be removed and recycled once the even is over.
The primary purpose of this amazing project was to create something spectacular, joyful, memorable and totally free. The instllation has been a great success, with up to a million visitors, and sold out hotels. Big names are also expcted, such as Brad Pitt and Leonardo Di Caprio. The event has been defined the biggest mass event in recent years for the region of Lombardy and Northern Italy after Expo 2015.
Taschen published “Christo and Jeanne-Claude. The Floating Piers. Project for Lake Iseo, Italy 2014-2016” where the sketches, the documentation and explanation of the project phases are collected. The book contains some curiosities, such as the choice of dates for public access, the longest days of the year, to make the most of the effects of light on the fabric — in fact, with the natural moisture of the lake, the fabric colour changes with the light turning red in the morning and yellow-gold during the hottest hours.