Christo's 'walk on water' installation closes

$22.5M WORK OF ART: An average of 100,000 people tried The Floating Piers on Lake Iseo every day.


    Jul 04, 2016

    Christo's 'walk on water' installation closes


    ARTIST Christo's orange floating walkway on a northern Italian lake closed yesterday after attracting over a million visitors, twice as many as expected.

    The 3km undulating path made of 200,000 floating cubes has proved a major hit with the public since it opened on Lake Iseo last month.

    Covered in bright orange fabric, the pier stands in stark contrast with the dark water as it links the small islands of Monte Isola and San Paolo to the shore.

    "People come from everywhere to walk to nowhere. Not to shop, not to meet friends, they just walk, to nowhere," said the Bulgarian-born American artist who once wrapped Berlin's Parliament in fabric.

    Visitors from around the world have flocked to try The Floating Piers, many of them going barefoot to get an idea of what it feels like to walk on water.

    Local officials said Christo's creation attracted an average of 100,000 people a day, and up to 120,000 at weekends.

    Shuttle buses from nearby carparks and trains from the closest big town, Brescia, were often suspended in order to keep the crowds manage-able.

    The installation, made of recyclable plastic, cost 15 million euros (S$22.5 million) to create but has been free to the public.