Christo: The Gates, Central Park, New York

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The view of Christo's Gates from Belvedere Castle. 13 February 2005.

The Gates is the largest artwork since the Sphinx.

The artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude's installation of 7,500 gates in Central Park has already begun.

"The Gates," as they are called, will be festooned with saffron-colored fabric panels and will line 23 miles of pedestrian paths from Feb. 12 to 27. They are being made in Queens and are nearly finished. The artists say they have been working on the project for 20 years.

Guided trolley and walking tours will be offered, and the Metropolitan Museum will open its roof to visitors for the first time during the winter.

Christo's Gates Facts

  • The Gates will unfurl on the morning of 12 February 2005
  • The removal of the gates will begin on 28 February 2005
  • There are no opening ceremonies or events planned by the artists
  • There are 7,500 gates

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Pictures of Christo's Gates

Christo: The Gates, Central Park, New York

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Christo and Jeanne-Claude being filmed and interviewed. 19 February 2005.

Christo: The Gates, Central Park, New York

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Christo and Jeanne-Claude with the Gates installation crew. 11 February 2005.

Christo Gates, Harlem Meer

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Christo's Gates on the shore of the Harlem Meer. 12 February 2005.

Christo: The Gates, Central Park, New York

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Christo's Gates around the Central Park's Pond, with Plaza Hotel. 9 February 2005.

Christo: The Gates, Central Park, New York

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Christo's Gates near the Wollman Rink, with Time Warner Center. 9 February 2005.

Christo: The Gates, Central Park, New York

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Christo's Gates near the Central Park's Merchants' Gates, with Time Warner Center. 9 February 2005.