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- The Gates will be unfurled in Central
Park, New York City on February 12, 2005, weather
permitting, and will remain through February 27, 2005.
- Christo and Jeanne-Claude developed the concept
for The Gates in 1979.
On January 22, 2003, the City granted permission to
the artists to realize their vision.
- 7,500 gates, 16 feet high (4.87 m) with a width
varying from 5 feet 6 inches to 18 feet (1.68 m to
5.48 m) will line 23 miles (36.8 km) of footpaths
in the park.
- Free-hanging, saffron-colored fabric panels will
be suspended from the top of each gate and hang down
to 7 feet (2.13 m) above the ground.
- The Gates will be stationed approximately
12 feet (3.65 m) apart, except when low branches extend
above the walkways.
- The Gates will create a visual golden
river appearing and disappearing through the bare
branches of the trees, highlighting the shapes of
- The luminous moving fabric will underline the organic
and serpentine design of the walkways, while the rectangular
poles will be a reminder of the grid pattern of the
City blocks around the park.
- The project will provide employment for hundreds
of New York City residents, hired to assemble, install,
maintain and remove the installation.
- After The Gates is removed, most of the
materials will be recycled.
- As always, Central Park will be open to the public,
free of charge, during The Gates.
- The Gates is financed entirely by the
artists, who do not accept sponsorships. The public
will bear no expense of any kind.
For more information about The Gates
please visit www.christojeanneclaude.net