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The Gates

by Josh Rubin in Culture on 12 February 2005

Christos Gates Pano

7500 steel gates with nylon flags, 16 feet tall, 23 miles long, 26 years in the making, $20 million, on view for 16 days.

My first glimpse of The Gates, Jeanne-Claude and Christo's Central Park installation that opened today in New York was from the top of an apartment building on the South-East side of the park. The orange flags looked like dominoes lining the 23 miles of sidewalks, highlighting the curves that make Central Park an oasis in the grid of Manhattan. I then went downstairs, and despite the throngs of people, enjoyed the installation even more. It's a much more elegant and harmonious work than their shocking pink islands I experienced as a kid in Miami.

If you're in NYC, be sure to check it out. But hurry, there are only 15 days left.

More pictures after the jump.

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*do not reuse any of these images without photographic credit to Josh Rubin.

Want to see The Gates from even further above? Check out this satellite image. Thanks, Craig!

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