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'The Gates' Colors Central Park in Saffron
AP ^ | Feb 12, 9:58 AM (ET) | ELIZABETH LeSURE

Posted on 02/12/2005 9:05:35 AM PST by Vision

NEW YORK (AP) - With flowing fabric the color of a sunrise, "The Gates" - a massive public art installation - was unfurled Saturday for the start of a 16-day stay transforming miles of footpaths in Central Park.

The project opened with Mayor Michael Bloomberg dropping the first piece of saffron-colored fabric to the cheers of a huge crowd. He was joined by exhibit creators Christo and Jeanne-Claude.

The crowd counted down the seconds before Bloomberg, a longtime backer of the project, opened the exhibition at 8:30 a.m.

The weather was windy and cold as the first fabric dropped from one of the 7,500 16-foot-high gates, creating what the artists billed as "a visual golden river" along 23 miles of the park's footpaths. More than 1 million square feet of fabric was used by the artists.

Its official title - "The Gates, Central Park, New York, 1979-2005" - refers to the artists' conception of the idea 26 years ago. It was expected to take about two hours to drop the fabric from all the gates.

"It's a bit insane, but that's why everybody is here," said Ali Naqui, who was brought to the unveiling against his will by his fiancee.

Among the first folks there were 17 fourth-graders from an elementary school in Queens. The group boarded a bus before sunrise and made the trip into Manhattan, where they were suitably impressed by the spectacle.

"It's a waste of money, but it's fabulous," said student Shakana Jayson. "It brings happiness when you look at it."

Visitors to the park had already admired the vinyl gates, even with the fabric still tucked inside "cocoons" on top of the structures.

"I think it's fantastic," said Dominique Borel, who was walking her dog, Mickey, on Friday. "I love it. I think it's exhilarating." Mickey was wearing an orange scarf around his neck in honor of the project.

The artists have said there is no best place to see the piece, but art connoisseurs and the merely curious staked out the best views. James Ellis said he planned to see the piece from Belvedere Castle.

"February's always been a dreary month for me, so I think it kind of spices it up a little bit and makes me want to come out to the park at a time when I usually wouldn't," Ellis said.

The artists are paying for the project - which could be as much as $21 million - themselves.

"I can't promise, particularly since this is New York, that everyone will love 'The Gates,' but I guarantee that they will all talk about it," Bloomberg said Friday at a news conference with the artists. "And that's really what innovative, provocative art is supposed to do."

Although Christo and Jeanne-Claude's have invested so much time and effort in the project, they were reticent to discuss "The Gates."

"It's very difficult," explained Christo. "You ask us to talk. This project is not involving talk. It's a real, physical space. It's not necessary to talk. You spend time, you experience the project."

"The Gates" is the pair's first major project in New York City. In their most recent project, "Wrapped Reichstag" (Berlin, 1995), they used a silvery fabric to wrap the building, creating a flow of vertical folds.

The city has said tens of thousands of visitors may come to "The Gates," over 16 days. Some of them have seen other works by the artists, who have created temporary art projects around the world.

Sibyl Rubottom, who saw the artists'"The Umbrellas," in which 3,100 umbrellas were opened in California and Japan in 1991, said she started planning her trip to New York from San Diego last spring.

Rubottom said she planned to return to the park on Saturday and would go to an "apres-'Le Gates' opening party" at a friend's house. Rubottom was wearing an orange jacket and scarf, and her orange eyeglass frames happened to match, too.

"I dressed for the occasion," she said.


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'The Gates' Colors Central Park in Saffron

Why?

"I dressed for the occasion," she said.

This is a cry for help
1 posted on 02/12/2005 9:05:35 AM PST by Vision
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To: Vision

"The artists are paying for the project - which could be as much as $21 million - themselves. "




Everyone please notice this.


2 posted on 02/12/2005 9:07:09 AM PST by MineralMan (godless atheist)
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To: MineralMan

Good point, but still...why?


3 posted on 02/12/2005 9:08:36 AM PST by Vision (The New York Times...All the news to fit a one world government)
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To: Vision

---in the place where polls show the majority of voters now describe Hillary Clinton as "honest"--


4 posted on 02/12/2005 9:09:06 AM PST by rellimpank (urban dwellers don' t understand the cultural deprivation of not being raised on a farm)
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To: Vision

"Good point, but still...why?"

I have no idea, but as long as it's being paid for with private funds, I don't care.


5 posted on 02/12/2005 9:09:32 AM PST by MineralMan (godless atheist)
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To: Vision

On Fox and Friends this morning they were talking about this "exhibit" with shots from Central Park, and I kept hearing that old Peggy Lee song, "Is That All There Is?"


6 posted on 02/12/2005 9:11:36 AM PST by Tuscaloosa Goldfinch (THANK YOU LORD -- John Kerry is still just a senator.)
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To: Vision
Whenever I hear of a project by this "Christo", over the years..
I know there is a city council that needs serious "bitch slapping"..
7 posted on 02/12/2005 9:11:40 AM PST by hosepipe (This propaganda has been ok'ed me to included some fully orbed hyperbole....)
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To: rellimpank
Yea, I just saw that thread.

So NYC is a lala land where they think Hillary is honest and good for the country, and orange fabric around the walk ways is a brilliant artistical move, many years in the making...ok




Brilliant!
8 posted on 02/12/2005 9:14:59 AM PST by Vision (The New York Times...All the news to fit a one world government)
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To: Vision
21 million dollars worth of vinyl...well, this is yet another example of why I'm still a 'starving artist"...you can tell what my paintings are... ;o(

and why I live in a simple little house in the woods -

with the animals

and much prefer it!

9 posted on 02/12/2005 9:24:57 AM PST by maine-iac7 (...but you can't fool all of the people all of the time - LINCOLN)
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To: MineralMan
"The artists are paying for the project - which could be as much as $21 million - themselves. "

How do they earn their keep? Are they going to sell these things off to collectors afterwards? I can imagine there are a handful of people who would want one of these monstrosities in their garden, but thousands of them?

-ccm

10 posted on 02/12/2005 9:27:21 AM PST by ccmay (Question Diversity)
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To: Vision

Where are those who were decrying the expense of the inauguration?


11 posted on 02/12/2005 9:33:51 AM PST by hiho hiho
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To: hiho hiho

See post 2


12 posted on 02/12/2005 9:41:22 AM PST by Vision (The New York Times...All the news to fit a one world government)
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To: Vision

I'm just mad about Saffron
Saffron's mad about me
I'm just mad about Saffron
She's just mad about me


13 posted on 02/12/2005 9:43:26 AM PST by decimon
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To: MineralMan

I did. Heard it on the news. A very important, and largely ignored point.


14 posted on 02/12/2005 9:49:48 AM PST by UCANSEE2 (sH)
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To: decimon

While i think it looks cool, i don't see how it's "Art". Wouldn't "Construction" be a better discription?


15 posted on 02/12/2005 9:50:19 AM PST by Cogadh na Siths Girl ("Wives, submit unto your husbands, as unto the Lord (Eph 5:22)")
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To: ccmay

"How do they earn their keep? Are they going to sell these things off to collectors afterwards?"

I have no idea. I sure won't be buying one.


16 posted on 02/12/2005 9:52:06 AM PST by MineralMan (godless atheist)
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To: UCANSEE2

Yes. As long as it's paid for by private parties, it's of no importance to me. I think it's silly, personally, but what difference does that make?


17 posted on 02/12/2005 9:53:25 AM PST by MineralMan (godless atheist)
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To: maine-iac7

Beautiful.


18 posted on 02/12/2005 9:55:53 AM PST by WarPaint (%^$# mecca. Be done with it. (Is this OK Admin?))
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To: Vision
Isn't this the same guy who made a 100 mile long curtain in California, and put big pink skirts on islands in Biscayne Bay?
19 posted on 02/12/2005 10:01:03 AM PST by wolfpat (Dum vivimus, vivamus)
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To: Tuscaloosa Goldfinch
On Fox and Friends this morning they were talking about this "exhibit" with shots from Central Park, and I kept hearing that old Peggy Lee song, "Is That All There Is?"

I saw it on Fox & Friends this morning too. It's so stupid looking. All the "frames" of fabric blowing around looks strange. Then I heard them report that this "artistic effort" has been twenty years in the making, but wasn't realized until Mayor Bloomingidot ushered it through!

Looks like good canvass material for the graffiti vandals, LOL.
20 posted on 02/12/2005 10:03:02 AM PST by demkicker (I'm Ra th er sick of Dan)
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To: Cogadh na Siths Girl
Mellow Yellow.

Electrical banana

Is gonna be a sudden craze

Electrical banana

Is bound to be the very next phase

21 posted on 02/12/2005 10:05:00 AM PST by decimon
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To: MineralMan

That does make a BIG difference. If it is a temporary exhibit, and it is done with the blessing of the city, then it is simply to be enjoyed or shunned under it's own merits. It does not seek to offend a particular group, so I really don't have a problem with it. Now, if they made me pay for it, or if it was another moron political/hate show, then I would feel differently. But this makes me wonder -

what does it look like? Will people leave it alone, or will their be graffiti all over it by the end of the show? Will it be one of those things that children will remember?


22 posted on 02/12/2005 10:16:07 AM PST by dandelion (http://thequestionfairy.blogspot.com/)
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To: maine-iac7

Oooooh, your work is pretty. And it IS art.

It is a greater legacy to bequeath to your family than all the money in the world - for anyone can hold money in their hand. But to hold a brush in one's hand and create dreams? That is rare indeed.


23 posted on 02/12/2005 10:18:38 AM PST by dandelion (http://thequestionfairy.blogspot.com/)
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To: Vision
I remember Christo. He is the f-ing idiot who likes to construct curtains around open areas and call it art.

All I can say is it is good these fools are funding this eyesore. I am sure people would be shouting from the rooftops if a dime of their money was wasted on it.

24 posted on 02/12/2005 10:22:34 AM PST by Houmatt (America's own Holocaust: Abortion.)
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To: maine-iac7
I certainly buy one of your paintings before I'd buy some of the stuff that passes for art out there.

By the way, I need to commission someone to redo my portrait:


25 posted on 02/12/2005 10:23:42 AM PST by Larry Lucido
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To: maine-iac7
It would have been cooler if all the curtains dropped at once by remote control...But what do I know, I'm just a painter.
Here's a view of my "seven years in the making" project, a mural of the US military during the 20th Century at the Wallingford, CT VFW...Measures 20' x 6'.



For more detail see the mural. I'm looking to complete it this spring.
26 posted on 02/12/2005 10:49:28 AM PST by runfree
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To: runfree

Great Job... You should sell poster prints of this mural. Was this mural commissioned by someone ?


27 posted on 02/12/2005 11:12:24 AM PST by newfrpr04
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To: Vision
What is it with libs and their bizarro-world ideas about art ??


28 posted on 02/12/2005 11:20:48 AM PST by Tuba Guy (Vince Foster died for Hillary's sins)
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To: newfrpr04

Thanks! The VFW Post commissioned it back in '97. We do plan to make posters to sell to raise money for the Post. Gotta finish it, have the poster made and then we'll have an unveiling/dedication, hopefully the weekend before Memorial Day 2005.


29 posted on 02/12/2005 11:21:49 AM PST by runfree
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To: Vision

Well, at least it's art that's not trying to offend anyone. What a refreshing change.


30 posted on 02/12/2005 11:26:03 AM PST by SuziQ
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To: Vision

YOu know, they would have looked a lot better, and, oddly enough, made a bigger impact, had they not been placed so close together. It looks like a jumble right now.


31 posted on 02/12/2005 11:29:36 AM PST by SuziQ
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To: runfree

please keep us posted at FR; would be interested in purchasing


32 posted on 02/12/2005 11:37:54 AM PST by newfrpr04
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To: Vision

Each of these things cost neary $3000. I wonder if they are fireproof? We'll find out soon!


33 posted on 02/12/2005 11:46:13 AM PST by Right Wing Assault (Wish me a Merry Christmas (for '05)! I won't report you to the ACLU.)
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To: Vision
Although Christo and Jeanne-Claude's have invested so much time and effort in the project, they were reticent to discuss "The Gates." "It's very difficult," explained Christo. "You ask us to talk. This project is not involving talk. It's a real, physical space. It's not necessary to talk. You spend time, you experience the project."

translation:

"We have no idea. We just like orange."

34 posted on 02/12/2005 12:28:05 PM PST by fiercebunny ("Behind me and before me is God and I have no fears. ")
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To: Vision

Just a matter of time before New York looks like Calcutta, with all those saffron clad vagrants and drug addicts.


35 posted on 02/12/2005 1:15:24 PM PST by evolved_rage
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To: Vision

Sadly, most FReepers would have destroyed Michaelangelo's "David" if they were around back then.

Embarassing.


36 posted on 02/12/2005 1:17:08 PM PST by Guillermo (Abajo fidel: End the Cuban Trade Embargo)
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To: ccmay

They are private artists who sell their work to private collectors.


37 posted on 02/12/2005 1:17:51 PM PST by Guillermo (Abajo fidel: End the Cuban Trade Embargo)
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To: Vision

Note: Back in the 1990s, Cristo's Umbrella installation killed a woman in California.

WE'RE ALL DOOMED! RUN FOR YOUR LIVES!


38 posted on 02/12/2005 1:25:30 PM PST by durasell (Friends are so alarming, My lover's never charming...)
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To: Vision

Nothing wrong with it if the taxpayers aren't paying, but I don't see anything beautiful or provocative about it. February is a dreary month for me, too, but I would MUCH rather get on a plane and go to San Antonio la hermosa.


39 posted on 02/12/2005 1:26:37 PM PST by DC native
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To: runfree
WOW! Excellent in composition and execution. How lucky you are to have been born with talent and the discipline to have developed it. Those (like me) with no talent in the arts are envious and respectful.

Congratulations in advance for the finished mural.

40 posted on 02/12/2005 1:30:25 PM PST by Pharmboy ("Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God")
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To: Tuba Guy
Hmmm...she looks familiar.


41 posted on 02/12/2005 1:33:02 PM PST by Pharmboy ("Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God")
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To: Vision
To each his own own


42 posted on 02/12/2005 1:36:52 PM PST by CaptainK
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To: Guillermo

...and in turn the private collectors get invited to nifty parties with free liquor.


43 posted on 02/12/2005 1:37:09 PM PST by durasell (Friends are so alarming, My lover's never charming...)
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To: Vision
Here is a work by Christo that was commissioned for the Bicentennial in 1976 ("America: The Third Century"). It has hung on my wall since I bought it almost 30 years ago. It is his vision of what a stack of 55 gallon drums might look like next to a two lane blacktop in Texas. I always liked it.


44 posted on 02/12/2005 1:45:43 PM PST by Pharmboy ("Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God")
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To: Guillermo
Sadly, most FReepers would have destroyed Michaelangelo's "David" if they were around back then.

Yeah, right. You sure pegged us there! Good comparison of talent, too. Orange curtains require as much, if not more, artistic skill as the sculpture of David. [/sarcasm]

45 posted on 02/12/2005 2:21:02 PM PST by fiercebunny ("Behind me and before me is God and I have no fears. ")
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To: fiercebunny

"Oh, naked body! Blasphemy! And for what purpose? There are people everywhere, why do we need this crap?"


46 posted on 02/12/2005 2:22:55 PM PST by Guillermo (Abajo fidel: End the Cuban Trade Embargo)
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To: MineralMan; ccmay

Part of the money is coming from the sale of Christo's preliminary drawings for this incursion--sort of as if he were Leonardo.


47 posted on 02/12/2005 2:25:18 PM PST by firebrand
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To: durasell

Christo thinks that's okay, because he has very expensive liability insurance. That's how much he cares about New Yorkers.


48 posted on 02/12/2005 2:27:40 PM PST by firebrand
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To: Vision

Those gates look just like the washing devices that were part of the local automatic car wash until it went brushless. (Same color, too) I wonder if this "artist" is paying royalties to the engineer that designed it?


49 posted on 02/12/2005 2:31:17 PM PST by 230FMJ (...from my cold, dead, fingers.)
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To: Pharmboy
Here is a work by Christo that was commissioned for the Bicentennial in 1976
Looks like an AN/FPS-108 Cobra Dane ICBM phased array RADAR missile building ... maybe that *was* his inspiration ...
50 posted on 02/12/2005 2:35:00 PM PST by _Jim (<--- Ann C. and Rush L. speak on gutless Liberals (RealAudio files))
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