Category Archives: Travel

I’m walking on water

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I traveled to Italy this week with my husband and some friends to see Christo’s newest work, “Floating Piers” on the beautiful Lake Iseo.  I have always loved Christo’s work and have been fortunate to see his “The Umbrellas” in California in 1993, and “The Gates” in New York City in 2005.

 

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Our group decided we wanted to view this work in every way we could.  We started the tour by helicoptering from the north end of the lake, flying over the steep mountains that border this lake before swooping down to circle around the various piers and island surrounds created by Christo.  After setting down, we walked the short distance to town to join the thousands of other tourists and walk the 5.5 km of golden fabric covered “floating” piers and walkways that are part of the exhibit.

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The walkways are assembled from 220,000 high-density polyethylene cubes that form its 53 foot wide walkways. Its surface is covered with a waterproof bright saffron-colored fabric that contrasts beautifully against the deep blue of the lake. I could see the movement of the water on the lake and feel the rocking of the waves under my feet. One of my favorite moments was just sitting on the edge of the pier and feeling the movement made by the water under me and the walkers around me.

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We finished off the tour with a ride on a stunning 1971 Aqua Riva power boat that carried us around the piers and wrapped islands in high style before speeding down to the south end of the lake to finish off our tour.

It was a special day with special friends and I feel lucky to have had them with me to share it with.   Now I have my fingers crossed to see Christo’s next planned installation in Colorado…”Over the River” hopefully installed in the next few years. Except this time, I’ll experience his art on a white water raft!

Checking out the street art in Berlin

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I just returned from almost a week in Berlin, Germany.  Having never been to Berlin before, I was really interested in viewing the street art scene I had heard so much about. Much of Berlin’s street art scene started at the East Side Gallery, a mile-long section of the Berlin Wall painted in 1990 by over 100 artists from across the globe. But the street art didn’t stop there and has spread all over Berlin onto hundreds of other walls and surfaces.  Below, I’ve shared a few of my favorites.  Sadly, taggers (those non-artists that choose to scrawl their initials on any and every surface) have defaced much of the street art by tagging over the top of it.  Of course, many people think that the nature of street art is its impermanence and that layering one person’s work over another’s is part of the process.  Personally, I don’t consider that art…or at least not good art.  Sadly, the last picture is also a common site in Berlin.  Which side of the argument do you fall on?

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Alice Pasquin

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Thierry Noir

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Berlin Wall “Escape”

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A common sight in Berlin