Recently Christo had his large project “The Floating Piers” installed on Lago d’Iseo in Northern Italy. It were literally large piers build up from under the water surface and floating from one island to another. The fabric on the surface of the piers was coloured in his signature saffron yellow orange and rippled like waves. The project was only temporary and remained for three weeks.
The success of this project was enormous, because it was an impressive experience and also for free. The unique experience to walk on the water surface and feel the water under your feet, is ideally one of contemplation, but as a visitor you saw people around you everywhere. Because it was an experience, you had to be there in the three weeks of the installation of the project.
The positive gesture of a democratic free art work had his reverse side. Whereas other projects from Christo & Jean-Claude were installations to walk through or pass by, or to see only through drawings and pictures in a museum. This installation was interactive and therefore popular and overloaded, like almost no other artwork I know.
Characteristic for Land art is that the works are site specific. Christo & Jean-Claude are the only Land Art Artist of their generation, who don’t work with the natural material of the site, but incorporate new materials in the landscape. The signature saffron coloured fabric makes always a contrast with the natural colors of the environment.
In the Netherlands there are two largely unknown works of Land Art Artist. The works are permanent installed and made from site specific materials. One of Robert Morris (Observatory, 1971-77) nearby Lelystad (Flevoland) and one of Robert Smithson (Broken Circle/Spiral Hill, 1971) in Emmen (Drenthe).
Both works are created during Sonsbeek Buiten de Perken, a famous open-air exhibition held in 1971 and curated by Wim Beeren.