The Floating Piers is the latest project by the artist Christo, set on Lake Iseo, about three kilometers of floating modules covered with intense yellow fabric form the floating walkway that connects various points of Lake Iseo including Sulzano, Montisola and the island of São Paulo.
The idea of The Floating Piers was born from Christo and Jeanne-Claude in 1970 without having identified a specific location for the construction.
Over time there were several attempts, a pier of 2000 meters on the delta of the Rio de la Plata in Argentina, two 150 meters long meters and covered with fabric, which would have connected two artificial islands in Tokyo Bay, but in both cases have not been granted the authorizations required by local administrations.
Jeanne-Claude, a companion of life and creativity of the artist, disappeared in November 2009, but Christo continued to pursue the realization of their works. in 2014, the artist who already knew Lake Iseo since the '60 has reflected on the fact that Montisola is the highest lake island in Europe and that its population, about 2000 inhabitants, must take the ferry to reach the shore of the lake and thought it was interesting to draw a catwalk here connecting the two points.
Like all the works of Christo and Jeanne-Claude The Floating Piers is financed entirely by the artist through the sale of sketches, access is free for 24 hours a day from 18 June to 3 July 2016.
Christo says. "There are no tickets, openings, reservations or owners, the floating piers is an extension of the road and belongs to everyone".