Floating installation by Bulgarian artist Christo in 2016 top ten

Floating installation by Bulgarian artist Christo in 2016 top ten
(Image: Christo and Jeanne-Claude: The Floating Piers / Facebook)

16 December 2016

Architecture and design magazine Designboom has listed Bulgarian artist Christo’s Floating Piers among the top ten art installations of 2016.

The installation, which opened on Lake Iseo in northern Italy in June, saw bright orange floating walkways connect two islands in the lake to the mainland, stretching 5.5 kilometres long and 16 metres wide and made up of 220,000 plastic cubes.

“In that lake is the tallest mountain island in Europe [...]. Two thousand people live on it. And to go to the mainland, they have no bridge. [...] For 16 days they will walk on the water!” Christo told The Telegraph.

Christo, whose full name is Christo Javacheff, is well-known for his large-scale actions, including Wrapped Reichstag (completed in 1995), in which Christo covered Berlin’s Reichstag building with 100,000 square metres of silver-grey fabric, together with his late wife Jeanne-Claude.


See the full top ten here.