Initial sketches for Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s multi-million dollar installations- The Gates, Central Park and Over the River, Project for Arkansas River.
The idea for Over the River was born in 1992, and was approved in 2011, but is still pending in preparation and approval from other departments. The project will be able to be seen and enjoyed from above by car, bus or motorcycle, and from underneath the fabric by raft or kayak. Wide clearance between the banks and the edges of the fabric panels will create a play of contrast allowing sunlight to illuminate the river on both sides. When seen from underneath, the luminous and translucent fabric will highlight the contours of the clouds, the mountains and the vegetation. For a period of two weeks, Over The River will join the other recreational activities and the natural life of the river.