The Gates, Project for Central Park, New York City

“The Gates” by Christo and Jeanne-Claude, 2005.

“The geometric grid pattern of the hundreds city blocks surrounding Central Park was reflected in the rectangular structure of the commanding and sculptural saffron colored vinyl poles, while the serpentine design of the walkways and the organic shape of the bare branches of the trees was mirrored in the continuously changing rounded and sensual movements of the free-flowing nylon panels moving in the wind.

The 7,503 gates, 16 feet  (4,87 meters) tall varied in width from 5 feet 6 inches to 18 feet (1,68 to 5,48 meters) according to the 25 different widths of walkways, on  23 miles (37 kilometers) of walkways in Central Park.  The gates were spaced at 12 foot (3,65 meter) intervals, except where low branches extended above the walkways. The gates and the fabric panels were seen from far away through the leafless branches of the trees. The work of art remained for 16 days, then the gates were removed and the materials industrially recycled.” (


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