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Letter from the Mayor

About The Gates

About Christo and Jeanne-Claude

Christo and Jeanne-Claude in Their Own Words

About Central Park

Visual Arts Organizations Near Central Park

Images from The Gates

Photos of Other Christo Works

Press Information and Additional Resources

Official The Gates Merchandise

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About The Gates, Central Park, New York City, 1979-2005

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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 footpaths.

  • 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.


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