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Over The River
Project for Arkansas River, Colorado
In Progess

 

 



Christo
Over The River, Project For Arkansas River, Colorado
Collage 2006 28 x 21,5
(11 x 8-1/2”)
Pencil, enamel paint, photograph by Wolfgang Volz,
topo map, fabric sample, and wax crayon,
Photo: Wolfgang Volz, ©Christo 2006



Christo
Over The River, Project For Arkansas River, Colorado
Collage 2005 28 x 21,5
(11 x 8-1/2”)
Pencil, enamel paint, photograph by Wolfgang Volz,
wax crayon,and topographic map.
Photo: Wolfgang Volz, ©Christo 2005



Christo
Over The River, Project For Arkansas River, Colorado
Collage 2007. In two parts: 77,5 x 30,5 cm and
77,5 x 66,7 cm
(30-1/2 x 12” and 30-1/2 x 26-12”)
Pencil, fabric, pastel,twine, wax crayon, charcoal,
enamel, aerial photograph with topographic elevation
and fabric sample.
Photo: Wolfgang Volz, ©Christo 2007. Ref. 100



Christo
Over The River, Project For Arkansas River, Colorado
Collage 1999. In two parts: 30.5 x 77.5 cm and
66.7 x 77.5 cm
(12 x 30.1/2” and 26.1/4 x 30.1/2”)
Pencil, fabric, pastel, charcoal, wax crayon
and topographic map.
Photo: Wolfgang Volz, ©Christo 1999. Ref. 063



Christo
Over The River, Project For Arkansas River, Colorado
Collage 2006. In 2 parts: 30,5 x 77,5 cm and 66,7 x 77,5 cm
(12 x 30-1/2” and 26-1/4 x 30-1/2”)
Pencil, charcoal, wax crayon, pastel, enamel paint and aerial photograph with topographic elevations, and fabric sample.
Photo: Wolfgang Volz, ©Christo 2006. Ref. 95



Christo
Over The River, Project For Arkansas River, Colorado
Collage 2006. In parts: 30,5 x 77,5 cm and 66,7 x 77,5 cm
(12x30-1/2” and 26-1/4 x 30-1/2”)
Pencil, fabric, twine, pastel, wax crayon, charcoal, aerial photograph with topographic elevations amd fabric sample.
Photo: Wolfgang Volz, ©Christo 2002. Ref. 97



Christo
Over The River, Project For Arkansas River, Colorado
Drawing 2006. In two parts: 38 x 165 cm and 106,6 x 165 cm (15 x 65” and 42 x 65”)
Pencil, charcoal, pastel, wax crayon,enamel paint,aerial photograph with topographic elevations and fabric sample.
Photo: Wolfgang Volz, ©Christo 2006. Ref. 026



Christo
Over The River, Project For Arkansas River, Colorado
Drawing 1999. In two parts: 38 x 165 cm and 106,6 x 165 cm
(15 x 65” and 42 x 65”)
Pencil, charcoal, pastel, wax crayon, enamel paint, with topographical elevations and tape.
Photo: Wolfgang Volz, ©Christo 1999. Ref. 9



Christo
Over The River, Project For Arkansas River, Colorado
Drawing 1998. In two parts: 244 x 106,6 cm and 244 x 38 cm
(96x42” and 96x15”)
Pencil, charcoal, pastel, wax crayon, photographs by
Wolfgang Volz and topographic map.
Photo: Wolfgang Volz, ©Christo 1998. Ref. 015



Christo
Over The River, Project For Arkansas River, Colorado
Drawing 2006. 70,5X77,5cm (27-3/4x30-1/2”)
Pencil, charcoal, pastel, wax crayon,and tape.
Photo: Wolfgang Volz, ©Christo 2006. Ref. 3

Chisto
Over the River, Project for the Arkansas River, State of Colorado
Drawing 2006, In two parts:
38 x 244cm and 106,6 x 244cm (15 x 96" and 42" x 96")
Pencil, pastel, charcoal, crayon, enamel paint, fabric sample and aerial photograph with topographic elevations and technical data
Photo: Wolfgang Volz ©2006 Christo. Ref. 50

 

CHRISTO AND JEANNE-CLAUDE
OVER THE RIVER, PROJECT FOR THE ARKANSAS RIVER, STATE OF COLORADO

Fabric panels suspended horizontally clear of and high above the water level will follow the configuration and width of the changing course of the river, during a period of two consecutive weeks to be selected between mid-July and mid-August of any given year in the future, in 2011 at the earliest.

Steel wire cables, anchored on the upper part of the riverbanks, will cross the river and serve as attachment for the fabric panels. The woven fabric panels, sewn in advance, with rows of grommets at the edges perpendicular to the river, will create shimmering waves of fabric, 8 to 25 feet (2.4 to 7.6 meters) above the water. The 5.9 mile (9,4 kilometer) long stream of successive fabric panels will be interrupted by bridges, rocks, trees, and bushes and for esthetic reasons, creating abundant flows of light.

Wide clearance between the banks and the edges of the fabric panels will create a play of contrast allowing sunlight to illuminate the river on both sides. When seen from underneath, standing on the rocks, at the edge of the river, at water level or by rafting, the luminous and translucent fabric will highlight the contours of the clouds, the mountains and the vegetation.

As with all previous art projects, Over The River is entirely financed by Christo and Jeanne-Claude, through the sale by their CVJ Corporation (Jeanne-Claude Christo-Javacheff, President) of Christo’s preparatory drawings, collages, scale models, lithographs and early works from the fifties and sixties.

The artists do not accept sponsorship of any kind. The materials will be recycled.

In the USA, most of the rivers are born in the Rocky Mountains, some flowing east to the Mississippi River or the Gulf of Mexico, some flowing west to the Pacific Ocean. For the project, a river had to be chosen. The river should have high banks so that steel cables could be suspended, a road running continuously along the river, as well as both white and tranquil waters used for rafting.

In August 1992, ‘93 and ‘94, in search of a site for the project, Christo and Jeanne-Claude traveled 22,530 kilometers  (14,000 miles) in the Rocky Mountains in the United States, with their collaborator-friends: Tom Golden, Richard Miller, Vince Davenport, Jonita Davenport, Simon Chaput, Anna-Maryke Havekes, Wolfgang and Sylvia Volz, Masa Yanagi, Harrison Rivera-Terreaux, Vladimir Yavachev and John Kaldor.

On those trips, the team prospected eighty-nine rivers in the Rocky Mountains, in seven states, and six possible locations were found. After visiting the six sites again in the summer of 1996, the Arkansas River in Colorado was selected. In June and September 1997, June 1998 and June 1999, Vince and Jonita Davenport with Wolfgang Volz organized life-size prototype tests for Christo and Jeanne-Claude and their collaborators, Jonathan Henery, Vladimir Yavachev and Nicholas Domeyko.

Tests have been conducted by Scott L. Gamble and Mark A. Hunter of R.W.D.I. Inc., Consulting Engineers, in a wind tunnel in Guelph, Ontario, Canada and at the site of the 1999 life-size test in Colorado, organized by Over The River chief engineer/director of construction Vince Davenport and project director Jonita Davenport.

C. V. J. Corporation has retained the services of: Marca L. Hagenstad of J. F. Sato and Associates, Consulting Engineers, Littleton, Colorado, to prepare the Design and Planning Report for the Bureau of Land Management which the BLM will use for the Environmental Impact Statement; Francis E. Harrison and Clare H. Dunning, of Golder Associates, Inc., Lakewood, Colorado to prepare the geometric design engineering; Jeremy Zeid and Thomas Stelmack of Parsons Transportation Group, Inc., Denver, Colorado, to prepare the cable and structural component designs; Bruce Stover and John Wolosick of Hayward Baker, Broomfield, Colorado, to prepare the anchor installation plan; Bryan Law and Richard Mariotti, of Law and Mariotti Consultants, Inc., Colorado Springs, Colorado, to prepare the topographic maps; David Ness and Donald Cleveland, of M. J. Harden, Inc., Kansas City, Missouri, to prepare the aerial photographic maps; Scott Hodes and Margaret B. LaBianca of Bryan Cave LLP, to provide legal counsel.

The road running along the river, and the existing footpaths leading to the water will allow the project to be seen, approached and enjoyed from above by car or bus, and from underneath on foot or by raft or kayak. For a period of two weeks, the work of art Over The River will join the other recreational activities and the natural life of the river.