Have you ever stopped in your tracks and gazed at the beautiful architecture of a nicely crafted building? Have you ever sat and admired a truly gifted fashion designer mix colors and fabrics and patterns together to craft something amazing? If this generally does not describe you, then I can understand why you may not understand the art of Christo. But if this does describe you, as I believe it does for most of this audience, then we have just scored a huge victory for the State of Colorado.
Personally, I have read and seen pictures of many of Christo’s works with great admiration, wishing only that I was older in age to have had the opportunity to witness them in person. This past Tuesday, I’ve finally been given a chance to do so. After many 15 long years of fighting with the State ofColoradoand other jurisdictions, Christo has finally been given the green light to move forward on his “Over the River” project, the draping of semi-sheer fabrics over the Arkansas River, down near Salida, Colorado.
This is a victory for the State of Colorado. Christo has aged significantly since the start of this process and he does not have many years left. His wife and partner Jean Claude has already passed away. This may be his last project, making Colorado the only state in America to have had TWO Christo art projects, the first one being the Rifle Gap project. This will give the state of Colorado a prominent place in art history.
(to read more about my thoughts on this issue, check out the blog post on http://www.politixcartoons.com)