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Christo's 'Gates:' Preparing for a Short Stay

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Christo's 'Gates:' Preparing for a Short Stay

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Christo's 'Gates:' Preparing for a Short Stay

Christo's 'Gates:' Preparing for a Short Stay

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"The Gates" are coming to Central Park. The artists Christo and his wife Jeanne-Claude — who once wrapped the German Reichstag in silver fabric, and opened thousands of umbrellas in Japan and California — have embarked on their most ambitious project yet.

It will feature 7,500 gates — free-hanging saffron colored panels between 5 1/2 and 18 feet wide covering 23 miles of paths through Central Park. They will remain up for only 16 days.

Some of the 15,000 steel bases, each weighing 600 to 800 pounds, that line the pathways of Central Park in preparation for "The Gates." The bases are marked by orange safety cones so people won't trip on them. Karen Pelland hide caption

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Some of the 15,000 steel bases, each weighing 600 to 800 pounds, that line the pathways of Central Park in preparation for "The Gates." The bases are marked by orange safety cones so people won't trip on them.

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But before the Gates unfurl and people can argue about whether this is art, it's the engineers and forklift operators who are having their day.

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