The Floating Piers on Lake Iseo in Sulzano, Italy
The first work by Bulgarian artist Christo in more than a decade is seemingly miraculous; three kilometres of shimmering marigold walkways floating atop Italy’s Lake Iseo, giving visitors the power to walk on water.
First conceived in 1970 by Christo and Jeanne-Claude – his partner in life and work, who passed away in 2009 – the magic of the Floating Piers is made possible by a floating dock system comprised of 220,000 high-density polyethylene cubes and covered with 100,000 square metres of sunny fabric. Christo likens the sensation of walking on the pathways to “walking on water – or perhaps the back of a whale.”
The installation, which closes on July 3, has drawn tens of thousands of visitors since it opened on June 18.