Artist Christo comes to Franciacorta this summer for his “Floating Piers”

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In June of this year, the artist Christo will be mounting his next work on Lake Iseo in the heart of Franciacorta, “Floating Piers.”

From June 18 to July 3, 2016, weather permitting, Italy’s Lake Iseo will be reimagined. 70,000 square meters of shimmering yellow fabric, carried by a modular floating dock system of 200,000 high-density polyethylene cubes, will undulate with the movement of the waves as The Floating Piers rise just above the surface of the water.

Visitors will experience this work of art by walking on it from Sulzano to Monte Isola and to the island of San Paolo, which it encircles. The mountains surrounding the lake will offer a bird’s-eye view of The Floating Piers, exposing unnoticed angles and altering perspectives.

A 3-kilometer-long walkway will be created as The Floating Piers extend across the water of Lake Iseo. The piers will be 16 meters wide and approximately 50 centimeters high with sloping sides. The fabric will continue along 1.5 kilometers of pedestrian streets in Sulzano and Peschiera Maraglio.

Click here to read the complete description of the project.

And click here to read the New York Times preview of the work, “Next From Christo: Art That Lets You Walk on Water.”

Pretty cool, right?

Stay tuned for more and stay tuned for more: We will visit the work next year when it comes online.

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