(Bulgaria, United States of America 13 Jun 1935 – )
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
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.
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.
Journey to now: John Kaldor art projects and collection, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, 18 Apr 2003–06 Jul 2003
John Kaldor Family Collection Artist Rooms #1 - Christo: