Entitled "The Gates," French artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude will drape the historic park in a colossal artwork-in-the-park cloak of saffron-colored fabric.

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By Ilona Kauremszky


Q: My husband heard somewhere that Central Park is going to be draped in blankets. We're planning a trip to New York City next month and I'd be interested in seeing this. Do you have any more information?

A: Currently Central Park is under mass preparations for the largest public art project ever seen in New York City. Entitled "The Gates," French artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude will drape the historic park in a colossal artwork-in-the-park cloak of saffron-colored fabric. According to a brochure describing the project, the Gates is "a visual golden river appearing and disappearing through the bare branches of the trees, highlighting the shapes of the footpaths."

A series of bases will hold 7,500 16-foot tall vinyl gates covered in fabric along 23 miles of the park's pedestrian walkways from 59th Street to 110th Street, east and west.

The project is estimated to cost $20-million US and has been in the works by the avante garde husband and wife team of artists for the past 25 years. There is a small window opened for this rare free public art show.

The Gates are on view for a 16-day exhibition February 12th through February 27th. Christo's past public art projects have included the wrapping of the Reichstag in Berlin and covering Paris' Pont Neuf in fabric.

For more information on the Gates and to learn more details on other New York City events, visit NYC and Company's web site www.nycvisit.com.

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