THE GATES, Central Park, New York, 1979-2005 by Christo and Jeanne-Claude graced the wintry landscape of the park from February 12 to February 27, 2005. The installation consisted of 7500 saffron colored banners on 16-foot-high standards that varied in width from 5.5 to 18 feet. Depending upon the weather and lighting, The Gates art installation took on differing visual characteristics, sometimes glowing hotly in sunlight, and other times looking like organic sculptures when covered with snow. All materials used in creating The Gates installation will be recycled upon dismantling. The Gates project cost approximately 21 million dollars.


Proceeds from The Gates will benefit Nurture New York's Nature, whose mission is to create public awareness for the importance of New York’s nature for the health and well-being of the city’s inhabitants. NNYN supports the arts for their power to define and advance this goal.

For more information on The Gates project, visit www.the-gates-at-central-park.com.

Photos copyright Sue Labouvie, 2005

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