On the way to the Gates

When I traveled to Potsdam in Germany in 1995, I saw the big wrapped building. At first, I thought the building was being remodeled or under construction because it was too huge to think it was artwork after listening to the artwork of Christo and Jeanne-Claude. The truth gives me a shock. I forgot the moment when I saw the building in German with shimmering fabrics.

Christo and Jeanne-Claude want to create unforgettable images about a special place or an ordinary life place in people’s minds. Actually, these monumental, temporary works make us think twice and remember. However, these artworks also bring out a lot of issues and social arguments at the same time. This phenomenon makes us think about our environments and our life values. Furthermore, these huge projects require involving many kinds of collaborators such as specialists or normal citizens.

The people who involve the Gate project directly or indirectly would think about their living place during the long processing period. The project of Christo and Jeanne-Claude not only produce good point but also bring out the social issue of art value. Some people, who think the project gives damage to their benefits, object to their projects and give many questions, “ Is this necessary work for us?” “How about investing money in other social business?” many people accept that Hollywood movies spend lots of money and make similar effects as this artwork. Christo and Jeanne-Claude ask us how to differentiate between a movie set and their projects. Their projects contribute more benefit than Hollywood movies to our society. I expect to see “The Gates” project for Central Park, New York City” in January 2005. The project will give people unforgettable memory about Central Park and New York. They would think about our beautiful nature and think too good to provide us with the big present in our life.

the gate by Christo and Jeanne-Claude