81-year-old conceptual artist, Christo, opened a new art installation in Italy this week. The artist, who is known for once wrapping the German parliament in fabric, has decided that his newest project will recreate a miracle.
The walkways stretch over Lake Iseo in northern Italy. For 16 days, people will ‘walk on water’ from the mainland town of Sulzano to the largest mountain in Europe, Monte Isola and a small island known as San Paolo. The exhibition is officially titled “Floating Piers in Iseo,” and is made of 220,000 plastic cubes screwed together and weighed down by five-ton anchors.
The piers are covered in bright yellow fabric and allow for those walking on it to feel the movement of the lake’s waves. They stretch across 3.4 miles and are 52 feet wide.
The project has been in the making for decades as Christo tried to get permission from various countries to build the piers. Only in Italy have officials agreed.
Once the exhibition is over, it will never again be repeated. Christo, in an interview with the Telegraph said of his art, “All these works, they are total freedom. Nobody can buy them, nobody can own them, nobody can sell tickets.”
Any art created by Christo is completely free; you will not find it in an art museum nor buy souvenirs in a gift shop. For 16 days, anyone can walk on water at any time, and experience Christo’s modern-day miracle.