venerdì 1 luglio 2016

The floating piers

"For sixteen days - June 18 through July 3, 2016 - on Italy's Lake Iseo, 100,000 square metres of shimmering yellow fabric, carried by modular floating dock system of 220,000 high-density polyethylene cubes, will undulate with the movement of the waves as The Floating Piers rise just above the surface of the water.
Visitors can experience this work of art by walking on it from Sulzano to Monte Isola and to the Island of San Paolo, which is framed by The Floating Piers. The mountains surrounding the lake offer a bird's eye view of The Floating Piers, exposing unnoticed angles and altering perspectives. Lake Iseo is located 100 kilometres east from Milan and 200 kilometres west from Venice.
A 3-kilometre-long boardwalk extends across the water of Lake Iseo to form The Floating Piers. The piers are 16 metres wide and approximately 35 centimetres high with sloping sides. The fabric continues along 1.5 kilometres of pedestrian streets in Sulzano and Peschiera Maraglio.
The Floating Piers project was first conceived by Christo and his wife Jeanne-Claude together in 1970. It is Christo's first large-scale project since Christo and Jeanne-Claude realized The Gates in 2005, and since Jeanne-Claude passed away in 2009. Like all of Christo and Jeanne-Claude's projects, The Floating Piers is funded entirely through the sale of Christo's original works of art. After the 16-day-exhibition, all components will be removed and industrially recycled."

Taken form The Floating Piers brochure
I live in a city near Lake Iseo, so Yesterday I took the train to Sulzano and went visiting the boardwalk. The weather was good, not too much hot, a bit windy  and everytime the waves moved, the boardwalk rippled along. In those moments I felt a bit dizzy and had a bit of seasickness, but it was all good. I walked a lot and felt exhausted at the end of the day.
There were a lot of people, many of them were tourists.
I think is is an enjoyable idea, and the overall experience was really nice. I also visited a little part of Monte Isola.
Until the next post I'm wishing you a nice day.
Hugs, Kisses & Cookies,
Love, Anna.

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