With his work on The Floating Piers, does this mean Christo is abandoning Over The River?
No. Christo remains committed to realizing Over The River. The Floating Piers will be completed and removed while work on Over The River continues. Christo will continue to pay the annual project site rent to the Bureau of Land Management, fund bighorn sheep monitoring and maintain all other permits, rental leases and contracts while the challenges against the agencies that approved Over The River continue through the legal process.
Christo will identify the exhibition date for Over The River once the legal process is successfully resolved.
Can Christo work on Over The River and The Floating Piers at the same time? How will Christo prioritize between the two projects?
Christo and Jeanne-Claude have always pursued multiple projects at the same time. For the past four years, Christo has been working on Over The River in Colorado, USA, and The Mastaba in Abu Dhabi, UAE, simultaneously. With the recent announcement of The Floating Piers on Lake Iseo in Italy, Christo is now focused on three different projects.
Given the temporary legal interruption of Over The River, the June 2016 exhibition timing of The Floating Piers is ideal. It allows Christo to prioritize The Floating Piers in Italy while the challenges against the agencies that approved Over The River continue through the legal process.
What happens if the pending Over The River litigation is resolved during installation of The Floating Piers? Will Christo immediately resume work on Over The River?
The Floating Piers will not impact Over The River. Given that The Floating Piers will be installed and exhibited within the next 15 months, this new temporary work of art will be completed and removed while work on Over The River continues. Christo’s ability to move forward on Over The River continues to be influenced by the uncertain timing of the legal process.
When will The Floating Piers be exhibited?
The Floating Piers is planned to be exhibited for 16 days in June 2016 on Lake Iseo in Northern Italy. Visit www.TheFloatingPiers.com for more information and to view Christo’s preparatory drawings.
How do I register to work on The Floating Piers?
Early this fall (2015), The Floating Piers website will include a link to an employment information page. It will list various employment opportunities and requirements. Please visit the site to learn more.