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    Torii gates are Japanese Shinto gates, centuries old. Christo never gave credit to Shintoism, never mentioned Torii Gates, and proclaimed the idea as his. This is obviously false and dishonest. He should give credit where credit is due.

    Modern 'artists' often use repetition of a single theme to try to mask their complete lack of creativity. This is a fine example.

    More info on Torii Gates:

    Pictures of Torii Gates:

    Last edited by Brad; February 12th, 2005 at 10:26 PM. Reason: spelling

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    More photos of the Gates:





















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    Wow - beautiful photos Too bad the sky looks so gray.

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    February 14, 2005

    Park Visitors See Saffron, and Businesses See Green


    ennis Roman hardly had a moment to look up at the towering orange frames snaking through Central Park, their saffron fabric waving in the Sunday sun. Not that he minded; he had hot dogs to sell.

    On a typical Sunday in February, Mr. Roman said, he usually makes about $100. By 3 p.m. yesterday, he had already taken in $1,000.

    "It's been like this all day," he said. "It's never like this usually, never."

    As the crowds flocked to the park yesterday to gaze at and ponder over "The Gates," the huge, colorful installation by Christo and his wife, Jeanne-Claude, businesses inside the park - from merchandise vendors to caricature artists to major restaurants - were booming. Parking garages nearby were filled and restaurants along the park's perimeter were packed with people jockeying for a table.

    City officials said they expected tens of thousands of people to show up for the exhibition, which is to be up for only 16 days, and whose $20 million cost is being borne exclusively by the artists. By the time the 7,500 gates are taken down in two weeks, the city expects to generate $80 million in business, with $2.5 million in city taxes alone, according to the city's Economic Development Corporation.

    The Strand bookstore's mobile stand, along Fifth Avenue near the southeast corner of the park, is normally closed from December to March, but decided to open because of "The Gates," according to a salesperson, Kevin Crow. He estimated that about 100 customers showed up on Saturday, 10 percent more than any other day. Books about "The Gates" and about previous projects of Christo and Jeanne-Claude made up most of the sales, he said.

    While business slowed "the tiniest bit" yesterday, Mr. Crow said, it was still considered a major success. Dozens of other vendors who would typically spend winter in business hibernation came out yesterday, prompted in part by the sunny skies.

    Stacey Berna, who makes and sells animal balloons for whatever customers are willing to pay, said she stayed home on Saturday, waiting to see how large the crowds would be and what the weather would bring. As she stood outside jacketless, she smiled at the sun and the crowds..

    "This is just a lot of fun," she said, adding that she had about 150 customers by midafternoon. While she would typically see twice that in July, she was happy just to have a small bonus. "At this time of year, I'm home with my children," she said. She continued, "If it stays like this, it could be a busy couple of weeks."

    The Boathouse restaurant usually shuts its doors for dinner in the winter, but the general manager, Fonda Tsironis, said it would stay open every night during the exhibit. There was a two-hour wait for a table early last evening and it was already booked for tonight, Mr. Tsironis said.

    "We've been turning away people all day," he said, motioning to the tables full of brunch diners. "We love this, every minute of it. This is the kind of thing New York is made for."

    He estimated that about 40 percent of customers were tourists and that during the week the number of lunch diners would more than triple, totaling 250 to 300.

    With panoramic windows stretching across the dining room, Mr. Tsironis had plenty of occasion to look at the way the fabric swinging from the gates changed with the wind and the light. Christo and Jeanne-Claude had stopped by earlier in the day and received a standing ovation, but had not stopped to eat, Mr. Tsironis said. "I don't know where he's eating, or if he's eating," he said with a laugh. "He probably doesn't have time."

    Neither did the park's busy vendors, most of whom shrugged or laughed when asked what they thought of the spectacle that had brought out so many customers.

    "I don't really understand it," said Sharif Sadiq, a 45-year-old sketch artist from Ocean Parkway in Brooklyn. He'd sold three caricatures by 4 p.m. and was hopeful he would sell a few more before nightfall. "Normally it's just one, so that's a major improvement," he said. "I just hope there are tourists, because city people don't usually come to buy this."

    Miguel Ixco was completely uninterested in discussing the finer points of art as he pulled out a thick stack of bills and counted his day's earnings from selling cotton candy.

    "It's not all that much," as he folded back $70. "But it's more than I'd usually have. There are so many people here, they have to buy something eventually."

    Copyright 2005 The New York Times Company

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    February 14, 2005


    It's a Park Whose Time Has Come


    T took nearly a quarter-century to bring Christo and Jeanne-Claude's "Gates" to Central Park. That does seem a bit extreme, even for New York. Why so long? Fortunately, it was easy to find out, because standing near the Sheep Meadow on Saturday morning, watching the curtains of cheerful saffron fabric being unfurled, was the very man who first said no, Gordon J. Davis.

    Mr. Davis, the former commissioner of parks and recreation, is now such a fan of the installation that he was wearing an orange hat and lapel ribbon. But in 1981, he called the original proposal "the wrong place, the wrong time." It called for a much larger installation and, unlike the current design, it would have left holes in the dirt and asphalt. The artists also wanted their show in the fall, rather than in winter.

    But those were not the main complications, Mr. Davis explained. "The basic reason was, the park was a disaster," he said. Central Park, hurt by the city's fiscal crisis, had deteriorated and was dangerous. The Central Park Conservancy, its privately financed savior, had only been founded in 1980.

    "My view was, there will be this wonderful thing for two weeks, and when it was gone people will look around the park and it will be a disaster," Mr. Davis said. "This time, the park has been completely revived, and it's a wonderful place."

    But back then, just imagine the public reaction to lavish spending - even of private dollars - on an artistic fancy in an otherwise shabby park. That would not have gone over well in a city where every decision has a political rationale.

    Today Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg's enthusiastic support for the project barely produced a ripple of dissent. If there really is a time for everything, this is the time for "The Gates." Spend a moment in the park and it's apparent. The installation has transformed the park into a public party.

    Like Operation Sail celebrating the bicentennial in 1976, or the fireworks commemorating the Brooklyn Bridge's 100th birthday in 1983, this is one of those moments in New York - the kind that gets people together to share something different, exuberant or in this instance, purely "preposterous," as Heather Tow-Yick put it yesterday in the park near Harlem.

    Ms. Tow-Yick, an assistant to the schools chancellor, quickly added, "I mean that in a fond way. It's classic New York." The apricot-tinged park this weekend seemed to mute the city's snarls, to grant a temporary respite from its insistent frustrations.

    Maybe "The Gates" is art, maybe it isn't. But it is uncomplicated fun to meet people from everywhere, to hear their stories and even become a fleeting part of them.

    Who could not smile at encountering Louise Kershaw and Glynn Moss of Manchester, England. Despite the winter weather, the young couple had decided to hold their wedding ceremony in Central Park, knowing nothing about "The Gates." The new husband and wife pronounced themselves delighted, if surprised.

    "Everyone's been wishing us well," said the bride, looking slightly dazed, as she and her husband posed for photographs near the Bethesda Fountain, surrounded by family and a friendly throng of strangers.

    THAT'S the story of the installation - the people, suggested Carl Petzhold, a retired writer from Hanover, Germany. In Berlin, where the same artists wrapped the Reichstag with fabric in 1995, "there were 5 million people, and they all excitedly talked to each other, and here is the same thing," said Mr. Petzhold, who came to New York with his wife, Sigrid, specifically to see "The Gates." "People will talk to you, no matter where you come from."

    Sophia Ginzburg of Albany, a medical technician, had a similar reaction. It is, she said, "like a holiday in here."

    Barbara Colon, walking her dog, Maxie, near West 104th Street yesterday was just happy to see more people in the park than usual, though many fewer than south of 96th Street. "And at last, they finally did something uptown," added Ms. Colon, who works in investment banking.

    The installation had its critics. But there is no doubt that the 16-day exhibit is a hit. Just as there was no doubt in 1981 that it would have been a dud.

    "E. B. White wrote that to live in New York you have to be lucky," said Mr. Davis, the former parks commissioner. "My corollary is, it's great to live in a city where you are allowed to change your mind."

    Copyright 2005 The New York Times Company

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    A welcomed gift to the psyche of the city, battered by the the acrimony of the recent election.

    I doubt there are any records, but I would guess that Sunday was the most photographed day in Central Park hostory.

    The Gates at Tefoil Arch

    More when I upload

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    Nice photos Zippy - as usual

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    On Saturday- what a difference the sun makes....


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    The very first gate to unfurl:

    and the show begins....

    Applause while the gates open up:

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    Satellite Image of The Gates Art Project in Central Park
    Written by Space Imaging
    Monday, 14 February 2005
    DENVER, Feb. 14, 2005 – Space Imaging’s is releasing a newly acquired satellite image of The Gates art exhibit in Manhattan’s Central Park in New York City. The image was taken Saturday, Feb. 12, 2005, the same day that The Gates were unfurled. At a cost of $20 Million, The Gates was conceived by artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude.

    The image shows all of Central Park the gates geometrically placed throughout the park.

    Space Imaging decided to commemorate this environmental art exhibit by tasking its IKONOS to share its bird’s eye view of the 7,500 gates with saffron-colored fabric panels. From 423 miles in space moving over the Earth in a north-to-south orbit at 17,000 mph, this perspective showcases the size and scope of 23-mile-long The Gates project.

    The images may be used in print, broadcast and Web to support reporting on this story, with a mandatory photo credit of "Satellite image courtesy of Space Imaging." The images are best displayed at 1:1 and may be cropped.

    The Gates Project for Central Park (2.4 MB):

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    Cool photo. The scale of the project is impressive, as is typical of Christo's work. From above, the reservoir itself with the varying melting ice is really wild.

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    Hey, I can see my house in that photo! Literally

    Yeah, I can hear the rest of you groaning at such a tired-out joke, but still

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