The Gates: Central Park, NYC

in art •  22 days ago

The Gates was a massive outdoor art installation that was completed in February of 2005 in New York City. My other half, Amanda happened to be in town on the day that it opened.

This project was first conceived of in 1979 by the famous artists Christo and Jeanne Claude.

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There were a total of 7,503 gates sprawling around Central Park. I have to admit, it seems like a lot of work for an installation that was not permanent; but to be fair, it did bring some color to an otherwise gloomy and gray environment.

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As you can see, Amanda was quite excited to be there. I think I would have been a bit more confused and/or annoyed.

I suppose that is why she is the fine artist, and I am not!

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I wish people would pay me millions of dollars to bring to life some random sketches of hanging sheets that I drew 30 years ago.

Maybe I am oversimplifying things because I am too stupid or simple to be able to see the genius of this project.

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I think that the most impressive thing about the Christo installations is the sheer size of them. They certainly don't do anything small! Covering the entire path throughout Central Park was no small feat.

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The 7,503 gate covered more than 23 miles of walkways. Wow! Each gate was 16 feet high, but the widths were varied based on the width of the path.

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In my opinion, the most astonishing thing about the whole project was that after all that work putting it up, the exhibit was taken down after 16 days (February 12th to 27th, 2005)

I hope to someday be able to gain a deeper appreciation for this sort of art, but until then, the only wonder that I will be experiencing will be that of me wondering why.

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¡puǝᴉɹɟ ʎɯ 'ʇol ɐ sʞuɐɥʇ llǝM

"I hope to someday be able to gain a deeper appreciation for this sort of art, but until then, the only wonder that I will be experiencing will be that of me wondering why."
I got nothing to add to that, other than: I feel the same!
Great photography though!
I got to keep my opinion under wraps though: one of my big sponsors is also a huge fan of Christo (maybe because he was involved with assisting with some of the installations).

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Hehe, I hear you loud and clear. The art community can be a really touchy one!

Those gates looks cool with the white snow.

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That is probably my favorite part; the color contrast.

Very beautiful gate. I think this beautifies the city. Also artistic.

Wow, this post brought back a few memories. I saw this art instillation as well, but was only 10 years old at the time.

Those gates look cool with the white snow.

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i dont get it. looks kinda cool though. jeanne claude van damme?:)

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I guess we aren't refined enough to understand it. haha! Oh well, I am fine with that.

lol! maybe Jeanne-Claude is Jean-Claude's sister.

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probably the same kind of relation as Idaho is Don Ho's sister.

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Yeah, Ida and Don Ho are famous siblings!

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