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Title

The Gates, Project for Central Park, NYC

1985


Artist

Christo

Bulgaria, United States of America

13 Jun 1935 -


About

The Gates, Project for Central Park, New York City 1979-2005

Conceived in 1979, this ambitious project punctuated the winding paths of New York’s Central Park with fabric for 16 days during February 2005.

'The Gates' was inspired by Frederick Law Olmsted’s original design for Central Park that included gates at the start of each of the park’s many walkways. Christo and Jeanne-Claude developed this concept to create their continuous stream of fabric gates; each constructed with rectangular frames almost five metres tall and between 2.7 and 8.5 metres wide to accommodate the varying widths of the footpaths, and supporting a fabric panel. The 7503 gates were positioned along 37 kilometres of Central Park’s walkways, transforming the meandering paths with a sea of billowing saffron fabric.

'The Gates' was the final work the artists completed together before Jeanne-Claude’s death in 2009.


Details


Date

1985


Media categories

Drawing , Collage


Materials used

diptych: pencil charcoal, pastel, wax crayon, enamel paint, three photographs by Wolfgang Volz and map


Dimensions

a) 243.4 x 106.4 cm panel; 245.4 x 108.0 x 3.0 cm perspex b) 243.4 x 37.5 cm panel; 245.4 x 39.5 x 3.0 cm perspex


Signature & date

Signed and dated l.l. panel b, black fibre-tipped pen "Christo 1985".


Credit

John Kaldor Family Collection at the Art Gallery of New South Wales


Location

Not on display


Accession number

L2010.26.a-b


Artist information

Christo

Works in the collection

17


Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 2 publications

Bibliography


Sophie Forbat, John Kaldor family collection: Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Christo', pg.62-77, Sydney, 2011, 65, 74-75 (colour illus.). illustration on page 75 is a detail

Adam Free, Journey to now: John Kaldor art projects and collection, Adelaide, 2003, 28 (colour illus.), 60.