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 San Paolo.
The idea of The Floating Piers came from Christo and Jeanne-Claude in 1970 without having identified a specific location for the construction.
Over time, a few attempts have been made, a 2000-meter pier on the Rio de la Plata delta in Argentina, two 150-meter-long, fabric-covered piers, which would have connected two artificial islands in Tokyo Bay, but in both cases have not been granted the necessary authorizations by local administrations.
Jeanne-Claude, the artist's life and creativity partner, passed away in November 2009, but Christo continued to pursue the realization of their works. in 2014, the artist who already knew Lake Iseo since the 60s 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 found it interesting to design a walkway here that would join the two points.
Like all works by Christo and Jeanne-Claude The Floating Piers is funded entirely by the artist through the sale of the 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 street and belongs to everyone".