Facts About The Gates ~ Central Park, New York City

The Gates will be unfurled in Central Park, New York City on February 12, 2005, weather permitting, and will remain through February 27, 2005.

Christo and Jeanne-Claude developed the concept for The Gates in 1979.
On January 22, 2003, the City granted permission to the artists to realize their vision.

7,500 gates, 16 feet high (4.87 m) with a width varying from 5 feet 6 inches to 18 feet (1.68 m to 5.48 m) will line 23 miles (36.8 km) of footpaths in the park.

Free-hanging, saffron-colored fabric panels will be suspended from the top of each gate and hang down to 7 feet (2.13 m) above the ground.

The Gates will be stationed approximately 12 feet (3.65 m) apart, except when low branches extend above the walkways.

The Gates will create a visual golden river appearing and disappearing through the bare branches of the trees, highlighting the shapes of the footpaths.

The luminous moving fabric will underline the organic and serpentine design of the walkways, while the rectangular poles will be a reminder of the grid pattern of the City blocks around the park.

After The Gates is removed, most of the materials will be recycled.

The Gates is financed entirely by the artists, who do not accept sponsorships. The public will bear no expense of any kind.
Photos Courtesy of Chuck Panozzo
The Gates ~ Central Park NYC
The week before my knee surgery, I decided to get away.  Tim and I wanted to experience the Art Installation "The Gates" in Central Park, NYC.   Twenty-three miles of "Gates" with Saffron colored drapes greeted us.  As we wandered through the paths, we were accompanied by thousands of people from all over the world.  It was like a gigantic "International Rock Show".  The music was the speed of the wind traveling through "The Gates".  The bombastic color awed the crowds as it did Tim and I.