The Floating Pier
The magnificent Floating Pier! Created and designed by artists Christo and Jeanne- Claude in 1970, this site-specific art work was designed to bring the idea of "walking on water" come to light!
Initially, this work of art was supposed to be built in Rio de la Plata, between Argentina and Uruguay, then Tokyo Bay was considered. Eventually in 2013, it was decided to be built at Lake Lesso, near Brescia, Italy.
The pier was carried by a floating dock and anchors which were installed underwater to keep them in place. It was 16 meters wide and 35cm high. It was covered by over 70,000 square meters of beautiful-bright yellow fabric, which took 2 days to lay on the pier. The fabric changed hues when it was hit by the sun and the water & served as a surface to walk on by visitors.
The Floating Pier was completed and opened to visitors on June 18th, 2016 some 36 years after its conception in 1970. It took 22 months and over 600 workers to complete and cost an estimated $17 million.
This creation was funded through sales of Christo's original work of art, enabling visitors to be a part of this once in a lifetime experience! The pier attracted over 1.2 million visitors, with approximately 100,000 visitors a day up to the last day when the pier was closed, on July 3rd, 2016.
Visitors had a chance to "walk on water" at no cost at all! And experience the unbelievable walk to and from Sulzano, Monte Isola and the island of San Paolo on the yellow 3km walkway with views of Italy, mountains and miles and miles of water!
Check out the magnificent birds eye view from the mountains!
This design and exhibition was extremely successful and after it was closed, all the components used in creating it were removed and recycled.