For sixteen days – June 18 through July 3, 2016 – Italy's Lake Iseo is hosting a wonderful, almost surreal art installation by Christo.
100,000 square meters of shimmering yellow fabric, carried by a modular floating dock system of 220,000 high-density polyethylene cubes, undulate with the movement of the waves as The Floating Piers art installation rises just above the surface of Lake Iseo, which is located 100 kilometers east of Milan and 200 kilometers west of Venice.
A 3-kilometer-long walkway (that from afar honestly looks like the yellow brick road to the Emerald City from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz) will take visitors from Sulzano to Monte Isola and to the island of San Paolo. The piers are 16 meters wide and approximately 35 centimeters high with sloping sides. The fabric continues along 2.5 kilometers of pedestrian streets in Sulzano and Peschiera Maraglio.
"Those who experience The Floating Piers will feel like they are walking on water – or perhaps the back of a whale," said Christo. "The light and water will transform the bright yellow fabric to shades of red and gold throughout the sixteen days."
"Like all of our projects, The Floating Piers is absolutely free and accessible 24 hours a day, weather permitting," added Christo. "There are no tickets, no openings, no reservations and no owners. The Floating Piers are an extension of the street and belong to everyone."
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