Walking on Water /
Walking on Water
Having created a series of spectacular art installations with his wife Jeanne-Claude, Christo dreamed of walking on water. To achieve this, he wanted to build floating footpaths leading from the shores of Lake Iseo, Italy, to the small island at its center. The man who wrapped the Reichstag in cloth, hung a curtain across a valley in the Rocky Mountains and erected thousands of huge umbrellas in Japan did not think that deploying over 200 thousand cloth-wrapped polyethylene cubes onto the surface of a lake would pose much of a problem. Until Italian bureaucracy came into the picture, that is. Building “The Floating Piers” turned out to be anything but smooth sailing. The challenge was both technical and personal, and although the stunning installation drew tens of thousands of visitors, tensions were running high every step of the way.