It's been an exciting period for public art in New York City. Last weekend Helen and I enjoyed the sculptures of Tom Otterness lined up along Broadway. Yesterday we were among the throng on hand for the unveiling of Christo and Jeanne-Claude's Gates of Central Park. Until February 27, 7,500 saffron sheets will line 23 miles of pathways through the park. It will cost a total of $20 million, completely paid for by Christo and Jeanne-Claude.
This project has been 26 years in the making, and was conceived at a time when the park was much more decrepit than it is now. So some people are grousing that the Gates attempt to improve what is already perfect. Maybe so, but we should remember that this is the artist's gift to their beloved city. And although the artistic merits of the project are up for debate, the sense of community it has inspired is not.
Once again, that shutterbug Helen took outstanding photos of our journey. One is below, and you are welcome to check out the entire album.