I was fortunate enough to have witnessed one of Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s monumental works, The Gates, in 2005 in Central Park, New York City while just an eager little art major in college. It blew my mind as well as opened it to new understandings and possibilities of the art making process.
This next work of his will be the first monumental piece since The Gates in 2005 and since the death of his wife and partner in the creative process, Jeanne-Claude, in 2009.
Titled, Walking On Water, it is estimated to cost up to $10,000,000 using 70,000 square meters of fabric and 200,000 floating cubes in the islands of Monte Isola and San Paolo of Italy. According to The Economist, this project only took a year to get approval whereas some of his others have taken decades.
I call that commitment to the craft.