Christo and Jeanne-Claude: Over the River

December 5, 2011

The internationally known installation artists Christo and his wife, the late Jeanne-Claude, visited Montserrat College of Art in 2002 to discuss their upcoming project, The Gates, in New York City, which Montserrat students, faculty, staff and trustees visited when it was installed in 2005. Christo has been working since then to install Over the River, which has been successfully gaining the permits needed for an installation in the next few years.

Over the River is a temporary work of art: Christo plans to suspend 5.9 miles of silvery, luminous fabric panels high above the Arkansas River along a 42-mile stretch of the river between Salida and Cañon City in south-central Colorado. Fabric panels will be suspended at eight distinct areas of the river that were selected by the artists for their aesthetic merits and technical viability. Christo is hoping to exhibit Over the River for two consecutive weeks in August, 2014.

“Any artist who paints, makes sculptures, the only thing he or she likes is that the artwork makes people think. Our work makes people think even before it physically exists,” said Christo. The wind blowing down from the mountains likely will move the canopies “like the ocean surf.”

Read more about this project in the Denver Post:

“Over the River” will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience

Christo gets the OK for “Over the River” Project