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June 27, 2011

Christo's New Art Project on Arkansas River Causes Environmental Concerns

By Chad Love

Here's one from the "Watch Your Backcast" files: The artist known as Christo has won approval from the Colorado State Parks Board to erect almost six miles of fabric panels over parts of the Arkansas River.
 
From this story on Forbes.com

The Colorado State Parks Board approved an agreement Friday for the artist Christo to pay $550,000 to state parks to carry out his Over the River project, which would suspend 5.9 miles worth of fabric panels over parts of the Arkansas River. However, the agreement is moot if the Bureau of Land Management doesn't approve a federal permit for the project. The BLM hasn't made its decision yet. Christo's project would use heavy equipment to help erect a system of cables and anchors to hang the fabric along U.S. 50.

Over the River, which Christo envisioned with his late wife, Jeanne-Claude, has drawn support from art lovers but frustration from some wildlife advocates and river businesses. Opponents say hordes of tourists checking out the project and the work needed to erect it could stress wildlife, choke traffic and disrupt hunting, rafting and angling business. In May, Colorado wildlife commissioners voted 9-0 in favor of sending a letter to the BLM opposing the project and urging federal officials to adopt measures to ease potential effects on bighorn sheep if they do issue a permit to Christo.
 
The state chapter of Trout Unlimited has also voiced its concerns over the project, as have a host of state and local conservation groups. The display is projected to be up for a two-week period in the summer of 2013, but it's the environmental impact of the extensive prep work and hordes of tourists that have groups worried.
 
So is this art, or is it an egotistical, ill-advised pain in the a** that at the very least will inconvenience a lot of people and at worst has the potential to cause significant environmental harm? What say you?

 

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from hengst wrote 2 years 42 weeks ago

I say...I fish the Arkansas regularily and have no want, need or desire to see some white fabric hung ove it. My art gallery is seeing the eagle, bighorn sheep and mountain peaks not Christo's idea of art.
Regardless of what I think I am sure the wildlife in the are won't like it much. Its kind of hardfor a duck to land in water that has fabric stretched over it or ae eagle to grab a trout.
All i nead are a bunch of artsy follks parking randomly on us 50 to stare and rubberneck. The road has some blind turns nd hills on it, also dangerous circumstances with to many idiots not watching the road.
i don't know how this is a good idea. Mostof the property is BLM, maybe they have some sense, I hope so.

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from RJ Arena wrote 2 years 42 weeks ago

Where is the environmental impact study? some left wing nut job wants to "do art" in the wild, and it is o.k.?
The damage to the area will be far greater than the $500,000+ they are offering. Don't sell out!

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from Bellringer wrote 2 years 42 weeks ago

This is the most hairbrained idea I have ever heard of. Cristo should take his fabric and make clothes for the naked masses that are wearing rags rather than desecrate a river.

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from JuanTwan wrote 2 years 42 weeks ago

The amount of erosion from the construction and subsequent removal of this piece should be enough to stop the effort, especially given its proximity to the river. On top of that I would be interested to know what impact the creation of two weeks worth of man-made cloudy days would have on the river ecosystem even if it isn't very drastic. It will obviously create a barrier to river access for some wildlife, and it would no doubt be tragic if some big game animal were to find its way onto the panel. I'm not very familiar with the territory, but if it's anything like kansas that piece of "art" might (will) take a beating from the wind and end up in the river. Have him hang it across some street in boulder.

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from bass bomber wrote 2 years 42 weeks ago

Thats the ugliest thing i've ever seen. I mean what kind of numnut would want to pay for that crap. I agree with hengst is an elk swimming or even the military posters I have.

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from ADKJG wrote 2 years 42 weeks ago

He obviously doesn't know what art really is if he wants to manipulate the most beautiful thing of all, nature. Christo has to realize his art has no place outside of galleries. If you want to create art inspired by the Arkansas river draw a landscape. Keep it the way it is for all of us to enjoy. I'm not even touching on the potential environmental problems this project of his will lead to. This should not be allowed to happen.

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from labrador12 wrote 2 years 42 weeks ago

This is almost as stupid an idea as putting windmills where they can chop up golden eagles and other birds.

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from shane wrote 2 years 42 weeks ago

Yeah. Rivers don't need light. Trout don't eat bugs that land on the water from the air. Great freaking idea.

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from Tony Berg wrote 2 years 42 weeks ago

What the hell is this guy thinking. Is the river not beautiful enough the way it is, he has to cover it with fabric. How many drugs do you have to be on to think of something this stupid. What a pompuos ass!

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from Clay Cooper wrote 2 years 42 weeks ago

Pitch a tent in this area and see how fast you get jailed.

Whack job comes to mind!

For your enjoyment and a good laugh!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bzk-qyh84vc

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from RJ Arena wrote 2 years 42 weeks ago

I would like to hear from the Colorado State Parks Board on how they thought this was a good idea? Was it presented to them while they were at the end of a long drinking binge? that might be an explanation of the total lack of any sense regarding the devastating damage to the river's eco-system. I can understand Cristo- he is a nut job artist that does not care about anything but himself, But the Parks board should know better.I doubt they would consider the drilling of just one oil well next to the river, yet they would be willing to allow this type of cr@p? The residents of Colorado should be looking for new board members asap.

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from Dbetzner wrote 2 years 42 weeks ago

This is a joke right? Seriously?

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from jamesti wrote 2 years 41 weeks ago

i would like to meet this a**hole just once for about 5 minutes! good link, clay.

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from Brian Robinson wrote 2 years 41 weeks ago

what an ass this guy must be ,, hopefully he gets to meet some locals

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from DaveCO wrote 2 years 41 weeks ago

Personally, I think the natural landscape of the Ark - and of all of Colorado - is more beautiful and inspiring than anything else. I'm not a fan of this project. But, I think all of us should keep a couple things in mind:

1. There are many much, much worse things being done on and to Colorado's lands and waters. This is nothing compared to oil and gas, mining, and rampant luxury vacation home sprawl. I wish every BLM energy lease got as much attention from hunters and anglers as this project.

2. Let's disagree with the project, but not be jerks about it. Name-calling and ridicule about big city "a**holes" and "stupid c@p" is just as bad as when people stereotype hunters as knuckle-dragging bloodthirsty bubbas. Even if we disagree with the arts people on this project, we should be reaching out to them: here in Colorado, the arts is a big part of our state's economy and culture, just like hunting and fishing. We should be building a coalition, like the one in Minnesota that persuaded voters to dedicate their sales tax to fund both conservation programs and arts programs.

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from hengst wrote 2 years 42 weeks ago

I say...I fish the Arkansas regularily and have no want, need or desire to see some white fabric hung ove it. My art gallery is seeing the eagle, bighorn sheep and mountain peaks not Christo's idea of art.
Regardless of what I think I am sure the wildlife in the are won't like it much. Its kind of hardfor a duck to land in water that has fabric stretched over it or ae eagle to grab a trout.
All i nead are a bunch of artsy follks parking randomly on us 50 to stare and rubberneck. The road has some blind turns nd hills on it, also dangerous circumstances with to many idiots not watching the road.
i don't know how this is a good idea. Mostof the property is BLM, maybe they have some sense, I hope so.

+4 Good Comment? | | Report
from Bellringer wrote 2 years 42 weeks ago

This is the most hairbrained idea I have ever heard of. Cristo should take his fabric and make clothes for the naked masses that are wearing rags rather than desecrate a river.

+3 Good Comment? | | Report
from RJ Arena wrote 2 years 42 weeks ago

Where is the environmental impact study? some left wing nut job wants to "do art" in the wild, and it is o.k.?
The damage to the area will be far greater than the $500,000+ they are offering. Don't sell out!

+2 Good Comment? | | Report
from JuanTwan wrote 2 years 42 weeks ago

The amount of erosion from the construction and subsequent removal of this piece should be enough to stop the effort, especially given its proximity to the river. On top of that I would be interested to know what impact the creation of two weeks worth of man-made cloudy days would have on the river ecosystem even if it isn't very drastic. It will obviously create a barrier to river access for some wildlife, and it would no doubt be tragic if some big game animal were to find its way onto the panel. I'm not very familiar with the territory, but if it's anything like kansas that piece of "art" might (will) take a beating from the wind and end up in the river. Have him hang it across some street in boulder.

+2 Good Comment? | | Report
from bass bomber wrote 2 years 42 weeks ago

Thats the ugliest thing i've ever seen. I mean what kind of numnut would want to pay for that crap. I agree with hengst is an elk swimming or even the military posters I have.

+2 Good Comment? | | Report
from ADKJG wrote 2 years 42 weeks ago

He obviously doesn't know what art really is if he wants to manipulate the most beautiful thing of all, nature. Christo has to realize his art has no place outside of galleries. If you want to create art inspired by the Arkansas river draw a landscape. Keep it the way it is for all of us to enjoy. I'm not even touching on the potential environmental problems this project of his will lead to. This should not be allowed to happen.

+2 Good Comment? | | Report
from Tony Berg wrote 2 years 42 weeks ago

What the hell is this guy thinking. Is the river not beautiful enough the way it is, he has to cover it with fabric. How many drugs do you have to be on to think of something this stupid. What a pompuos ass!

+2 Good Comment? | | Report
from Clay Cooper wrote 2 years 42 weeks ago

Pitch a tent in this area and see how fast you get jailed.

Whack job comes to mind!

For your enjoyment and a good laugh!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bzk-qyh84vc

+2 Good Comment? | | Report
from RJ Arena wrote 2 years 42 weeks ago

I would like to hear from the Colorado State Parks Board on how they thought this was a good idea? Was it presented to them while they were at the end of a long drinking binge? that might be an explanation of the total lack of any sense regarding the devastating damage to the river's eco-system. I can understand Cristo- he is a nut job artist that does not care about anything but himself, But the Parks board should know better.I doubt they would consider the drilling of just one oil well next to the river, yet they would be willing to allow this type of cr@p? The residents of Colorado should be looking for new board members asap.

+2 Good Comment? | | Report
from labrador12 wrote 2 years 42 weeks ago

This is almost as stupid an idea as putting windmills where they can chop up golden eagles and other birds.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from shane wrote 2 years 42 weeks ago

Yeah. Rivers don't need light. Trout don't eat bugs that land on the water from the air. Great freaking idea.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from Dbetzner wrote 2 years 42 weeks ago

This is a joke right? Seriously?

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from jamesti wrote 2 years 41 weeks ago

i would like to meet this a**hole just once for about 5 minutes! good link, clay.

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from Brian Robinson wrote 2 years 41 weeks ago

what an ass this guy must be ,, hopefully he gets to meet some locals

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from DaveCO wrote 2 years 41 weeks ago

Personally, I think the natural landscape of the Ark - and of all of Colorado - is more beautiful and inspiring than anything else. I'm not a fan of this project. But, I think all of us should keep a couple things in mind:

1. There are many much, much worse things being done on and to Colorado's lands and waters. This is nothing compared to oil and gas, mining, and rampant luxury vacation home sprawl. I wish every BLM energy lease got as much attention from hunters and anglers as this project.

2. Let's disagree with the project, but not be jerks about it. Name-calling and ridicule about big city "a**holes" and "stupid c@p" is just as bad as when people stereotype hunters as knuckle-dragging bloodthirsty bubbas. Even if we disagree with the arts people on this project, we should be reaching out to them: here in Colorado, the arts is a big part of our state's economy and culture, just like hunting and fishing. We should be building a coalition, like the one in Minnesota that persuaded voters to dedicate their sales tax to fund both conservation programs and arts programs.

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