Have you ever wanted to walk on water? This is not a miracle of Jesus nor one of Criss Angel’s illusions, it is not magic either. If you had a chance to visit Italy last month your dream of walking on water could have become true!
Known for his installations that are perfectly adaptable with nature, Christo has finally been able to present his new masterpiece! “The Floating Piers” installation was presented in Northern Italy, at the Iseo Lake. Approximately 3,2 kilometres in length, this temporary floating walkway allowed visitors to walk on water and take a look at the amazing scenery of the coast and the towns from a totally different perspective. This successfully thought project attracted a great deal of attention both from locals and tourists.
Christo Vladimirov Javacheff with his wife Jeanne- Claude, who unfortunately is not alive anymore, spent a lot of time building various works based on floating platforms for years. During their time together they not only built, but also imagined and sketched many new incredible projects together. The 81 years old, Bulgaria born artist, Christo added the Iseo Lake to his plans after his wife passed away in 2009.
A massive crew came together and worked in this wide range work of art that consisted of vivid saffron colored fabric layered on floating cubes- that were initially fixed to the base of the lake with weights. The project was financed by the income of the artist- who sold most of his original artwork, collages and other artistic works for this project. As a result, he was able to set the plan to reality although the whole project cost him €15 million in total!
French divers, Bulgarian athletes, engineers and local directors were part of the project that consisted of a modular docking system of 220 thousand floating polyethylene cubes! The walk way is also invented incredibly wide. It was 16 meters- almost twice the width of an Olympic track!
People were able to experience this project by walking on it from Sulzano to Monte Isola and around San Paolo, a small island in which the famous Beretta family have a summer house. The mountains surrounding Lake Iseo also became known to offer a wonderful bird’s-eye view of The Floating Piers to climbers, trekkers and travellers.
The installation opened on 18th of June was open for people for two weeks and hosted more than half a million of visitors for no price- on this not very popular Italian lake located 100 kilometres east of Milan and 200 kilometres west of Venice. During the exhibition, life guards and a great amount of staff were on duty- keeping an eye out for a possible accident! As you can imagine walking on water can be dangerous!
Christo the creator of this massive installation stated that “there were no tickets, no openings, no reservations and no owners. The Floating Piers were an extension of the street and belonged to everyone.”