Who ARTed: Weekly Art History for All Ages

Christo and Jeanne-Claude - The Floating Piers

February 28, 2022

For those who enjoy exploring the visual arts in an audio medium, this week we focused on Christo and Jeanne-Claude. You can see an image of The Floating Piers at the website www.WhoARTedPodcast.com

My guest for this week was the one and only Tim Bogatz. He is a tremendous veteran art teacher and host of Art Ed Radio from The Art of Education University. It was great to get to talk to him and hear his insights into this unique bit of art history. He was also nice enough to have me record an episode for his show, so be sure to check out Art Ed Radio.


June 18 - July 3, 2016 Christo and his assistants used 100,000 square meters of bright yellow fabric to transform Lake Iseo in Italy. The fabric floated on top of floating dock system comprised of 220,000 polystyrene cubes. The fabric floated just above the surface moving with the water. There was no need for tickets or reservations. It was free for everyone to walk on as Christo said it was an extension of the street. The piers provided a walkway on the water connecting a small island to the mainland. Estimates are 72k-100k people visited per day, around 1.2 million people total over the 16 days. Christo and Jeanne-Claude had the idea for the floating piers in 1970. This was his first large-scale project since her death in 2009. If you are concerned about the environmental impacts of polystyrene on the water, after the exhibition, all of the material was gathered and recycled. Still not as eco friendly as Goldsworthy, but not as bad a Exxon.

This week is the start to my annual Arts Madness tournament. I would love to have as many people as possible join in the fun of judging a diverse collection of artists and works. Over 6 weeks, we will go from 64 great artists down to 1 ultimate Arts Madness champion. More information is on the Arts Madness page of my website.

Vote for your favorites in the Round 1 Matchups before March 5.

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