Giant floating piers on Italian lake, by Christo

The Floating Piers, Christo

When you think about the famous artist Christo, you see in your mind a big, very big, work of art. Remember the Pont Neuf wrapped, in 1985 in Paris, France, for example. This time the artist has gone to Italy, in a large lake in the north part of the country: Lake Iseo, near Brescia. Now you ask: why? I answer: The Floating Piers.
This art installation is really, really giant. And so extraordinary beautiful. How to describe something that has just to be admired? Let’s watch some photographs, that’s better than words.

As you can see, the piers are connecting small cities and villages, from Sulzano to Peschiera Maraglio on the island of San Paolo. And yes, people can walk on it!

The construction took some days, assembling about 200,000 floating plastic cubes. Then they created the long piers between the villages and the island in a couple of days. A tough job!

The Floating Piers, Christo
The Floating Piers, Christo

Now you know what to do when travelling in Europe this summer. Could be one of the most extraordinary artistic travel you’ll do in years!

Lake Iseo

Artists: Christo and Jeanne-Claude
Photographs: Wolfgang Volz