The Bulgarian artist known as Christo, famed for his incredible installations of bright orange fabric, has unveiled his latest creation, an eye-popping set of walkways spanning huge distances on a lake near Milan.
Known as “The Floating Piers,” the walkways stretch nearly two miles to connect two small islands to each other and to the mainland, allowing visitors to miraculously walk on water.
The floating walkway is made from a puckered yellow-orange, waterproof nylon fabric, crafted to change color depending on the time of day and the weather. When it rains, it becomes splattered with bright orange blotches left by footsteps.
“The Floating Piers” will be open and free to the public between June 18 and July 3, after which it will be dismantled and recycled. “The important part of this project is the temporary part, the nomadic quality,” Christo tells The New York Times.
“The work needs to be gone, because I do not own the work, no one does. This is why it is free.”