The saffron fabric hanging from The Gates was unveiled on February 12, 2005, beginning around 8 a.m. in Central Park. The installation will be removed beginning February 28, 2005.
Christo and Jeanne-Claude describe The Gates: The Gates will be a golden ceiling creating warm shadows. When seen from the buildings surrounding Central Park, The Gates will seem like a golden river appearing and disappearing through the bare branches of the trees and will highlight the shape of the footpaths. The luminous moving fabric will underline the organic design of the park, while the rectangular poles will be a reminder fo the geometric grid pattern of the city blocks around the park.
Some Tips for Visitors to The Gates
- The further north in Central Park you go, the less crowded the park is.
- If you don't want to pay admission to the Met to see The Gates from above, you can wait in line at Belvedere Castle for an arial perspective.
- Bring your camera.
- It's a great idea to have a seat on a bench and observe other visitors interacting with The Gates.
- If you have any questions, ask the folks carrying the poles topped with tennis balls and wearing "The Gates" vests. They are very helpful and full of information.
- Plan to have at least an hour or two for wandering around Central Park to fully experience The Gates.
Christo and Jeanne-Claude will be signing books at these two events:
- Friday, Feb. 18, 7PM at The Metropolitan Museum of Art Book Shop
- Friday, Feb. 25, 4:45PM at The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
- there are 7,500 individual structures
- the structures will line 23 miles of Central Park walkways
- Christo and Jeanne-Claude have been working on this project since it's original conception in 1979
- all materials used in The Gates will be recycled after the exhibition
- maps of The Gates are available for sale in Central Park and online in PDF format
- access to The Gates is entirely free
- The Metropolitan Museum of Art will open its rooftop during the installation to allow visitors to see The Gates from above