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Christo’s “Over the River” Project

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A dream in the making since 1992 – Christo’s “Over the River” project has been one with its trials and tribulations.

Not only does this artistic project extend beyond anyones imagination of possible outdoor art, it also reaches into some environmental issues and controversial topics.

Christo’s plan (as seen in the image) is to suspend 5.9 miles of fabric over a 42-mile stretch of the Arkansas River between Salida and Cañon City in south-central Colorado.

Cool? Some say yes, some are unsure.

Uncool: Covering such a large portion of the river with actual fabric raises some concerns. Concerns that have been somewhat mitigated when the Bureau of Land Management approved the project last November.

Cool: “​Christo will fund the construction of the installation himself and “Over the River” is estimated to bring in $121 million in total economic output throughout Colorado, tourist dollars means tourist traffic.” (westword.com)

The project, which was initially slated for the summer of 2014, was pushed back to 2015 in February.

For more information about Christo’s project and updates on the plan visit: Over The River or other blogs from: Westword.com.

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