Christo's Latest Art Project Angers Locals
His famous projects have included wrapping islands off of Miami in fabric and installing a series of saffron-colored fabric gates in Central Park. Christo and his partner Jeanne-Claude spent over 40 years creating these massive installations around the world. She died in 2009 but the work goes on. If "Over the River" gets approval it would open in summer 2014 for two weeks. Like many of Christo's projects this would take a couple of years to pull off and this one would cost at least $50 million. Christo has created a designated website for the project which shows renderings of a river of fabric suspended above the river.
Environmentalists are at odds on the work. The Sierra Club's local group chose to support the project but others who live and work in the area think that the project will cause disruption and put this area at risk on several different levels, both affecting local businesses and local wildlife. They have banded together to appeal to the Bureau of Land Management which should decide the project's fate this spring.