Sunday, February 13, 2005

Christos' The Gates

I am certain there are people who will not enjoy Christos' new art installation in New York's Central Park. I'm certain there are those who will ask, "what is it?" or "what does it mean?" But for the life of me I can't understand that attitude. It is beautiful. It is a beautiful Valentines Day present to the city that was, is, and ever shall be the home of the World Trade Center.

From the New York Times:
"Even at first blush, it was clear that 'The Gates' is a work of pure joy, a vast populist spectacle of good will and simple eloquence, the first great public art event of the 21st century. It remains on view for just 16 days. Consider yourself forewarned. Time is fleeting.

On a partly sunny, chilly morning, with helicopters buzzing overhead and mobs of well-wishers on hand, an army of paid helpers gradually released the panels of colored fabric from atop the 16-foot-tall gates, all 7,500 of them. The shifting light couldn't have been better to show off the effects of the cloth. Sometimes the fabric looked deep orange; at other times it was shiny, like gold leaf, or silvery or almost tan. In the breeze, the skirted gates also appeared to shimmy like dancers in a conga line, the cloth buckling and swaying."
See the slideshow here.

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