The Floating Piers, Lake Iseo, Italy (Christo and Jean-Claude)

Older lovers of contemporary art know eighty-one-year-old Christo and his wife and art partner Jean-Claude, who passed away in 2009, aged seventy-four, for their Wrapped Reichstag in Berlin (1995), his Running Fence in Sonoma and Marin counties, California (1973), and for The Gates in Central Park, New York (2005). Also for his Surrounded Miami Islands (1983) and The Pont Neuf Wrapped (1984), among other works.

And now tens of thousands of newcomers to the magic of their art will remember them for their Floating Piers on Lake Iseo, Italy, which were opened to the public between June 17 and July 3 this year. I wish I could have been there, walking on that shimmery orange walkway, lying down to feel the motion of the water underneath those polyethylene cubes, and marveling at the beauty of it all.

Here are some photos from Flickr, under the Creative Commons license. Enjoy!

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Photo by Adriano Castrale, Flickr
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Photo by Adriano Castrale, Flickr