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citypixieChristo and Jean Claude

When I visited The Gates, I couldn’t believe my eyes and my luck … Christo and Jean-Claude were there too! In a silver Maybach, no less!
Two nights ago during a stroll through SoHo, Christo and Jean-Claude were walking down Thomson Street as I was walking up. Jean-Claude is hard to miss with her big crazy saffron hair.
I was amazed and awed. 8 years ago

NYCSorcererNot terribly exciting

It looked like he hung up a bunch of shower curtains over the paths in central park. I know that it is “art” and is supposed to have a message of some sort… but this piece of art did not do anything for me. I found it to be rather dull. His work “wrapping” large objects is much more fun to see. 9 years ago

mushpuppyBoring and not that visually impressive.

All I could think of was how much good all that money could have done if put to another purpose.

You want to see art, watch Koyannisqatsi again. 9 years ago

bart17Art for art's sake

The energy in the park was great. Lots of people – happy, laughing, taking pictures, frolicking. Who doesn’t love a good frolic? For me, the result of the art being there was far better than the art itself. Although the scale of it is definitely a little mind-blowing. And who doesn’t love a good mind blow?

In summation… see it. 9 years ago

AlyssaOpening Day

I happened to be in New York on the particular Saturday that The Gates opened. I was on the upper east side and decided to go get H&H bagels on the upper west side and went through Central Park. There were tons of people and news crews and photographers, and I was so happy to be a part of it. I got some great pictures as well, while I wandered for an hour or so through the park. If you have a chance to go, you should, it is neat to see the contrast of the color and the bare trees. It made for a lovely walk! It was also nice to see something that brought a number of New Yorkers out and together, everyone was really happy and enjoying themselves. 9 years ago

leedicksNew York City, here I come!

I just booked my ticket and I’ll be arriving in Newark at the crack of dawn on 2/26, just in time to wind through the big orange flags in Central Park. 9 years ago

caffrinFlying hundreds of miles to see orange tarps.

Christo’s orange tarps, so there you go. The installation will only be around until the 28th, so the weekend of the 26th sounds like it’ll be perfect. 9 years ago

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