The Gates was a site-specific work of art by artist couple Christo and Jeanne-Claude, which ran from February 12, 2005 through February 27, 2005. The artists installed 7,503 vinyl “gates” along 23 miles (37 km) of pathways in Central Park. From each gate, they hung a panel of saffron-colored nylon fabric. During the time in which this public work was being displayed, New York City was hit with a snow-storm, causing the orange-colored art to be even more picturesque against the Winter NYC skyline. I was fortunate enough to be in college during this time and our Pratt Institute foundation year Three-Dimensional Design teacher cancelled class so we could go see it.
Unfortunately, Jeanne-Claude died, aged 74, on November 18, 2009, from complications of a brain aneurysm. This was one of the last great public works of art by the couple. It’s hard to believe The Gates display took place almost twelve years ago. Luckily this was just at the beginning of the era in which video recordings were commonplace. Check out photos and videos from the installation below.