|Bureau of Land Management Suggests Changes on Christo's Colorado Proposal |
This artist's drawing provided by Christo shows an image of a proposed art project by artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude that would suspend 5.9 miles of silvery, translucent fabric above parts of the Arkansas River in southern Colorado. Christo's plan to suspend huge fabric panels over parts of the heavily rafted Arkansas River in Colorado is largely intact under a version federal land managers identified Thursday, July 28, 2011, as the preferred alternative for the project. If the Bureau of Land Management issues a permit for Christo's "Over the River," it could happen in August 2014. A final decision is expected this fall. AP Photo/Christo.
By: Catherine Tsai, Associated Press
DENVER (AP).- Artist Christo's plan to suspend huge fabric panels over parts of the heavily rafted Arkansas River in Colorado is largely intact under a version federal land managers identified Thursday as the preferred alternative for the project.
If the Bureau of Land Management issues a permit for Christo's "Over the River," it could happen in August 2014. A final decision is expected this fall.
The preferred alternative identified in the BLM's final environmental impact statement largely matches the vision of the Bulgarian-born Christo and his late wife, Jeanne-Claude. They wanted to suspend 5.9 miles of silvery panels in eight sections above a 42-mile stretch of the river that mostly involves federal land.
The BLM also reviewed alternatives for as little as 1.4 miles of fabric over four sections of the river traced by U.S. 50 between Canon City and Salida.
"We're very excited. This is a milestone in the history of art and national environmental policy," said Christo, who said this is the first environmental impact statement for a work of art.
Colorado wildlife commissioners voted in May to send a letter opposing the project and expressing concerns for its effects on bighorn sheep. Separately, state parks officials reached an agreement for Christo to fulfill his project, but two fly fishing businesses and a group called Rags Over the Arkansas River filed a lawsuit this week saying a state permit should be required instead. Parks officials haven't commented on the suit.
The project would close some lanes of U.S. 50 on an estimated 177 days over a 28-month period when Christo's team would install cables and anchors to hang the fabric panels, some of which are 100 feet wide. Critics say that will snarl traffic for residents, rafters and anglers.
The preferred alternative adds more measures to protect bighorn sheep, birds, recreation, transportation and other resources, and a viewing center along the highway at Parkdale was removed to improve traffic.
The $50 million project, which Christo would fund through sales of his sketches and other art, would draw an estimated 400,000 people. After a free two-week exhibition, Christo's team would dismantle it.
Christo, 76, and Jeanne-Claude first put "Over the River" on paper in 1992. Jeanne-Claude died in 2009.
"The project has its own life, over 19 years," Christo said. "The only one thing is Jeanne-Claude of course is not there. But when I talk, I always say 'we.' Me and Jeanne-Claude are still together forever."
Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.
July 29, 2011
Featuring Some of Japan's Top Art Talent, Earthquake-Postponed Art Fair Tokyo 2011 Opens
Bureau of Land Management Suggests Changes on Christo's Colorado Proposal
Archive of "Rebel Without a Cause" Director Acquired by the Harry Ransom Center
Walmart Donates $20M to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art to Sponsor Admission
Preparations for Major Medieval Show at the Liebieghaus Skulpturensammlung in Full Swing
Phillips de Pury & Co. Announces Highlights From September London Design Auction
R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company Provides 3,000 Pieces of Art to Arts Council
Exhibition on Notable Artist Liu Kang to Commemorate Centennial Year of His Birth
Henry Moore Institute Opens First Solo Exhibition by Artist Mario Merz in the UK for Nearly Thirty Years
Sixteen New Galleries Unveiled in Dramatic Transformation at the National Museum of Scotland
National Museum of American History Showcases Life and Laughs of Phyllis Diller
Australian Artist Andrew Rogers Completes the Arch of Memory, the World's Largest Basalt Arch
Bonhams Appoint Richard Harvey as Global Head of Wine With Sales in London, HK, LA and SF
Road To 2012: A Local Story on View at the View Tube in London
Ducati Launches Official Motorcycle Racer Valentino Rossi Art Collection
Smithsonian's National Postal Museum Celebrates Owney the Postal Dog
Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty at the Metropolitan to Stay Open Until Midnight on Last Two Nights
Martha Stewart, Macy's CEO and a High-End Fashion Designer Studying Haiti Crafts
The Museum of Modern Art Announces a Change in Admission Prices; $25 for Adults
'Snapshot' Exhibition at Van Gogh Museum will Zoom in on Artists' Everyday Lives
Relaunch of Science Museum Exhibition: Space at the Science Museum
Bridge Honors Massachusetts, Rhode Island Couple Killed on 9/11
Most Popular Last Seven Days
1.- Jackson Pollock work "Number 19, 1948" sells for record $58.4 million at Christie's
2.- Exhibition of nude photography around 1900 on view at Berlin's Photography Museum
3.- Belize City officials say ancient thirty-meter high Mayan pyramid razed for road fill
4.- Hidden drawings from Nazi concentration camp on display at Jewish Museum in Berlin
5.- Records fall at Sotheby's contemporary art auction; Barnett Newman painting sells for $43.84M
6.- Death mask of Napoleon to be auctioned at Bonhams' Book, Map and Manuscript sale
7.- New Yorkers unnerved by neighbor's voyeuristic photos on view at Julie Saul Gallery
8.- Rare Vincent Van Gogh sketchbook copies up for unprecedented sale at museum store and online
9.- Leonardo DiCaprio environmental art auction at Christie's New York tops $38 million
10.- Hong Kong cries fowl as giant rubber duck by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman deflates
Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .
|Royalville Communications, Inc|