CHRISTO: The Gates


CHRISTO: The Gates

  • Christo and Jeanne-Claude:  The Gates (Project for Central Park, New York City) 

    2003  Hardcovered, very gently used.  


    First conceived in 1979, Christo and Jeanne-Claude's vision of 7,500 gates (each 16 feet high), following the edges of Central Park's 23 miles of footpaths, transforming Central Park. Saffron-colored fabric panels hanging seven feet above the ground, blowing in the wind and delighting the public walking beneath with a warm glow of translucent color and free-floating grace. 

    This book, designed by Christo, records the evolution of The Gates project. Thirty-eight full-color illustrations of Christo's original preparatory works, drawings, collages, maps, and technical diagrams serve as the centerpiece for this book. Photographs from the community board hearings, public forums, public and private meetings, contract negotiations, and life-size tests complement the running narrative in this book, giving readers an insider's perspective on The Gates.


    Christo and Jeanne-Claude were the featured speakers at the Westport Library's 2004 Malloy Lecture in the Arts