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Christo and Jeanne-Claude
The Gates
Mixed media installation

Variable dimensions

The Gates Documentation

A temporary work of art: February 12 through February 27, 2005, Central Park, NYC

The installation in Central Park was completed with the blooming of the 7,503 fabric panels on February 12, 2005. The 7,503 gates were 16 feet (4.87 meters) tall and varied in width from 5 feet 6 inches to 18 feet (1.68 to 5.48 meters) according to the 25 different widths of walkways, on 23 miles (37 kilometers) of walkways in Central Park. Free-hanging saffron colored fabric panels, suspended from the horizontal top part of the gates, came down to approximately 7 feet (2.13 meters) above the ground. The gates were spaced at 12 feet (3.65 meter) intervals, except where low branches extended above the walkways. The gates and the fabric panels could be seen from far away through the leafless branches of the trees. The work of art remained for 16 days, then the gates were removed and the materials recycled.


Christo and Jeanne-Claude
Christo Vladimirov Javacheff and Jeanne-Claude Marie Denat

See also:

Christo (American, born Gabrovo, Bulgaria, 1935)
The Gates, Project for Central Park, New York City, 2004
Collection: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Christo and Jeanne-Claude: The Gates, Central Park, New York
April 6 – July 25, 2004
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Christo and Jeanne-Claude: On the Way to The Gates, Central Park, New York City, Yale University Press, New Haven


Christo, American, born in Bulgaria, 1935
b. June 13, 1935, Gabrovo

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