Tuesday, June 5, 2007

The Gates, NYC 2005

I found some really great pictures that i took in 2005 of "The Gates" project by Christo and Jeanne-Claude. The art work was publicly displayed throughout most parts of Central Park.

Christo and Jeanne-Claude: The Gates, Central Park, New York City, 1979-2005.

One hundred fifty-one years ago the City of New York purchased a large piece of land and asked the two landscape architects, Mr. Calvert Vaux and Mr. Fredrick Law Olmstead to design a public park.

The park is entirely man-made, all the trees had to be planted, soil was brought, there was only swamps and the rocks which had been pushed in by glaciers billions of years ago.

Mr. Vaux and Mr. Olmstead surrounded the park with a stone wall, leaving entrances to the park at each interruption in the wall, where a walkway starts, those entrances are called Gates.

Today, there are no gates at those entrances but Mr. Vaux and Mr.Olmstead had planned to install steel gates to lock the park at night.

here's a link to their website if you want to learn more: http://www.christojeanneclaude.net/tg.html

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