July 29, 2011
Construction for Arkansas River Art Project to Begin Next Fall
By Chad Love
You may recall a few weeks ago, the almost universal comment panning that Field Notes readers gave a proposed art project over the Arkansas River. Alas, there obviously were no Field Notes readers in the "deciders" division of the Bureau of Land Management, because the BLM just approved artist Christo Vladimirov Javacheff's plan to cover around six miles of water on the Arkansas River with sheets of fabric that look like water. Because it's...art.
From this story in the Pueblo (CO) Chieftain:
The U.S. Bureau of Land Management on Thursday released the final environmental impact statement for New York artist Christo's Over The River project, paving the way for the plan to proceed if final approval comes this fall. After 2 1/2 years of study, the approved form is much how Christo envisioned the grand-scale artwork. It will allow for the suspension of eight silvery, luminous fabric panel segments totaling 5.9 miles over portions of the Arkansas River between Salida and Canon City. Christo has projected a $50 million cost to build the grand art display. The final report projects that Over the River will generate $121 million in economic impact and draw 400,000 visitors during construction and display. The Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area, from Leadville to Pueblo, attracts more than 740,000 visitors in a normal year. Construction is anticipated to begin next year and culminate with a two-week display in August 2014.