From June 18 – July 3, 2016 Lake Iseo in the Lombardia region in Italy is being reimagined as a living work of art experience.The Floating Piers Mastermind is Christo Vladimirov Javacheff, most commonly known as simply Christo.
It is as an impressive work of engineering as it is a work of art with 100,000 square meters of shimmering yellow fabric, carried by a modular floating dock system of 220,000 high density polyethylene cubes, undulating with the movements of the waves as The Floating Piers rise just above the surface of the water.
Two years in the making
This project has been “under construction” since 2014 and many of tests and manufacturing steps where conducted in Germany. In August and September 2014 a secret life size test was conducted in Schleswig Holstein in Northen Germany, how I wish I had been a curious passet by to witness this experiment that ultimately gave Christo the final measure as to how much fabric will be needed.
The response of the public was above and beyond what was expected. It is truly a once in a lifetime experience! Originally the project was opened to the public 24/7 but due to the unexpectedly high number of visitors the authorities requested the exhibit to be closed at night for maintenance of the local municipality facilities.
Well this is the last weekend to enjoy The Floating Piers since on July 3rd the exhibit will close and all the materials used will ve recycled, I wonder if I can get one of the byproducts of this magnificent work of art and science. Anyways if you are in Europe this weekend you definitively need to see The Floating Piers! Paraphrasing Christo People dont come to the piers because they are meeting friends or going somewhere, they come to the piers to walk nowhere and as a visitor that loved walking nowhere on water I can not agree more.