New York has been given an
extraordinary gift: The Gates by
Christo (that's a link to the Christo Artsy page) and Jeanne-Claude . More than 25 years in the planning,
The Gates is their latest public art installation. The husband and wife team has wrapped buildings, bridges and islands
throughout the United States and Europe, put giant umbrellas and undulating fences across California and
Japan, wrapped trees in Switzerland and stacked 55-gallon oil drums in the United Arab Emirates.
The Gates is the first of their environmental installations
that I have seen in person and, I must say, I'm impressed. They are
big, extremely orange and more than 7,000 stand on every single path in
Mayor Bloomberg mingles with the
people on opening day
The $20+ million installation
was paid for entirely by Christo and Jeanne-Claude and sale of all books and other
paraphernalia will benefit the Central Park Conservancy and other park-related non-profits.
The view from inside the Dairy
Amidst comparisons to "traffic cones" and an undercurrent of
reactions ranging from mild distaste to extreme dislike, I am firmly
in the camp of those that find the Gates to be whimsical,
beautiful and astonishing in their scope. Interestingly, every taxi
driver we have asked thinks the gates are contemptible and a waste
of money. But, whether you love them
or hate them, there is no question that they represent a huge spike
in New York's tourist economy since 9/11. Ask any hot dog vendor in
the park how his sales have compared to last February. So, enclosed herewith are
a series of photographs of the Gates taken by my daughter during our
visits on February 12th and 13th, the first two days of what will be
a two week installation.
Watch the Quicktime movie of a gate unfurling!
Marvel at Phebe's spontaneously brilliant cinematography!
Listen to Joseph & Alex's poignant narration!
And here are David Letterman's Top Ten Most Common Questions About The
9. Twenty-five million for drapes?
8. Will it improve my cell phone reception?
7. When I get mugged by a guy hiding behind a giant curtained arch, which city agency should I sue?
6. What's this I hear about filling up Central Park with Crisco?
5. Where do I report a gate-jacking?
4. This is a joke, right?
3. If you rearrange the letters in "Christo" you can spell "Ostrich."
2. Would you describe this more as a colossal waste of money or a colossal waste of time?
1. Are they urine-proof?
Hey, isn't the EvenHand site supposed to be
about cops? What's with all the so-called art? Okay, fine:
One of Mayor Bloomberg's NYPD security officers
Copyright © 2005 Phebe S. Pierson. All rights reserved.
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In other news, I
will be producing and directing a short film this spring, The
Lost City of New York. Click on the title for internship and job opportunities.
Don't forget to visit the EvenHand
Store. We offer EvenHand posters, T-shirts and SLPD shoulder
patches, as well as the insanely popular "FAT COP" tank
top. There is some lively trading going on in the SLPD shoulder
patch department, so if you have a police patch you're interested in
trading, please visit the EvenHand store or send an email.
The EvenHand listing on the
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the film, please take a minute and register your vote there. Thanks
to all who have left great reviews on the IMDb site! Here's a link:
Here's some information on where you can
You Glad I didn't Say Saffron?
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