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Christo_Central_Park.jpgWalking with Sammy in Central Park, I’ve been noticing a series of spray-painted leaves and other marks on the ground around the Great Lawn and on paths. A Parks Dept. worker tells me they are for the upcoming “Gates” project by the artist and master self-marketer Christo. Here’s a project calling out for a blog about the behind the scene preparations!
According to his Website, on January 3, 2005, Christo’s workers will use forklifts and pallet jacks to place the 15,000 steel weights bases at their specific positions on the edges of the walkways, usually at 12 foot intervals.
On Monday, February 7, 2005, weather permitting, approximately 700 non-skilled workers (in teams of 7) will elevate The Gates assemblies, including fabric panels in cocoons that will be opened in one morning on Saturday, February 12. The Gates will remain in Central park for 16 days.