Visitors to the Iseo Lake in northern Italy can enjoy a scenic stroll across the water to the nearby island of Monte Isola and village of Sulzano, thanks to a pop-up art installation entitled “The Floating Piers”. Created by artist Christo Vladimirov Javacheff, it consists of a floating 3-kilometer runway made out of 200,000 high-density polyethylene cubes covered with shimmering yellow fabric that allow visitors to ‘walk on water’. The installation has drawn so much interest, garnering over 270,000 eager visitors during its first five days that it had to be closed down temporarily for essential repairs and cleaning. It is free of charge and will run for 16 days until July 3. Afterwards, it will be dismantled and recycled into something else. Christo, who is known for his environmental artworks that try to reframe familiar landscapes first rose to fame along with his late wife Jeanne-Claude for their eye-catching wrapping-up of famous landmarks like the Pont Neuf in Paris in 1985 and Berlin’s Reichstag in 1995.
“It’s really a physical thing, you need to be there, walking it, on the streets, here. And it’s demanding,” Christo said. He adds that the landscape and climate are both crucial elements to the project. “The sun, the rain, the wind, it’s part of the physicality of the project, you have to live it.”
For more information, visit The Floating Piers.