Floating Piers

Christo’s ‘floating piers’ installation is finally open to the public.

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The highly-anticipated reveal sees 100,000 square meters of shimmering yellow fabric wrap a floating dock that connects various points on Italy’s Lake Iseo. Undulating with the movement of the waves, visitors can now experience ‘the floating piers’ as they walk from Sulzano to Monte Isola and to the island of San Paolo, which it completely encircles.

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The 3 kilometer-long walkway extends clear across the water, with surrounding mountains offering a bird’s-eye view of a golden network of passageways that lead in and around the town. The fabric continues along 1.5 kilometers of pedestrian streets in sulzano and peschiera maraglio.

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The artists’ aim has always been to create works of art for the public to experience and enjoy, without charging any viewing fees. ‘like all of our projects, ‘the floating piers’ is absolutely free and accessible 24 hours a day, weather permitting,’ Christo says. ‘There are no tickets, no openings, no reservations and no owners. The floating piers are an extension of the street and belong to everyone.’

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text & images: designboom

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