February 12, 2005

The Gates by Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Pt 1

POST #    1565

The Gates are just beautiful. But seeing them in person is one thing. Going through more than a hundred photos is another. So many similar pictures, so much orange. I almost want to say I never want to see another orange gate in my life. Then again, I have some today, some tomorrow, and I'll probably go back for more at some point.

These photos and the ones tomorrow are all from around the Harlem Meer. Some people might think this whole thing is a pointless piece of art and there are better uses of money, but when you hear little kids running around yelling, "coooooollllll," I think you've got a good idea.

Also, snow covered gates from January and what's sure to be a growing list of pictures at Gothamist.

Posted by tien mao in NYC, Photos at 6:39 PM



But, little kids also say "coool" when they find a dead squirrel in the gutter. :)

I gotta say, judging from the photos, the Gates aren't doing it for me. They just make me want to go rent The Village.

Maybe I need to see them on a sunny day... in person. Or I'm lame.

Posted by: matt at February 12, 2005 10:08 PM

My sister's response to my pictures was "hm... those people (Christo & Jean-Claude) have too much time on their hands." I was really disappointed in her reaction, as I absolutely loved the project.

Posted by: Christina at February 12, 2005 10:36 PM

it looks cloudy from your pics. when did you guys visit? i went yesterday around 2pm, and it was a spectacle, and a great one! it was sunny, breezy, there were tons of people out for a stroll in the park. i loved it. :)

some great pics, tien!

i've heard some "so what" responses to the gates myself, but to each his own (you also have to see it in person).

Posted by: jeannette at February 14, 2005 12:21 PM

I think it transformed Central park into a Zen garden,
since 9/11 have you seen so many New Yorkers come together...
Tracy from maine

Posted by: tracy ginn at February 21, 2005 6:03 PM

I have alot of QUESTIONS about the art work of "The Gates" please help me!


Posted by: Rosita lema at February 25, 2005 7:06 PM

The Gates were a transforming experience for me. I thought they were wonderful, and I considered it a very generous gift from Christo and Jeanne-Claude to a city that really needed some uplifting social interaction. I heard some negative comments while I visited the Gates several times. An elderly couple were complaining loudly that they didn't get the "point" of the project. I responded to their question simply:
"The point is joy. And joy is fleeting." Since when is joy a bad thing?

PS Photos cannot depict The Gates experience. They are nice souvenirs but as they say "You had to be there!"

Posted by: jane at February 27, 2005 4:35 PM

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