lago d'iseo: the floating piers

© christo 2016 / photography: wolfgang volz

lago d'iseo is one of the scenic, mountain-hugged lakes in northern italy, and thanks to legendary artist couple christo and jeanne-claude javacheff's newest project, it has become the planet's most talked about lake overnight. we're obviously talking the floating piers, a wildly imaginitive project that was actually first conceived in 1970. and which sees the transformation of lago d'iseo by way of 100,000 sqm. [1,076,391 sq.ft.] of shimmering yellow fabric that's not only carried across the lake by high-density polyethylene cubes, but also draped on sections of land. it's a playful and interactive artwork that allows visitors to walk on it day and night, from sulzano to monte isola, and to the island of san paolo, which is entirely framed. a three-kilometer-long walkway has been created as the floating piers extend across the water of lago d'ideo. the piers are 16 meters wide and approximately 35 centimeters high with sloping sides. this is the first major project of christo and jeanne-claude realized a previous project called the gates in 2005, and since jeanne-claude passed away in 2009 [open through jul 3]. location: contrada del drago [sulzano].

© christo 2016 / photography: wolfgang volz