Snow vs. Christo’s Gates: Snow Wins

Christo, your Gates in Central Park are so puzzling. Why is everyone tripping over themselves to see 23 miles of saffron? One of my coworkers here in DC even took a day trip to NYC just to see these Gates of yours! They’re nice, yes, but are they any more interesting and impressive than the natural weather effects we see every day?Today, inches of fluffy white snow fell from the sky and blanketed and wrapped DC to create a unique visual effect for us. When I look out my window, everything that was once barren, dark, and naked is now draped in bright white snow. I invite everyone in the area to come witness this artistic spectacle. No charge.And in a few days, I won’t have to figure out what to do miles and miles of saffron when my own version of the Gates melt. So how is covering 23 miles of public space in orange different from letting nature cover an equally expansive space with bright white snow? What’s the secret? You make dramatic visual impressions by doing your artwork on large scales, and this excites us in the same way that 10 foot waves and blizzards excite us. Are you just taking advantage of the joy we get from physical changes in our environment and asking us to replicate those emotions when we look at your art?Sorry if I come across here as a narrow-minded art-hater; I’m really just trying to figure out what the big deal is and how your Gates are different from the wonders that occur here naturally…

One thought on “Snow vs. Christo’s Gates: Snow Wins

  1. yeah, there’s a lot of natural wonders that are just as beautiful as I thought that the gates were, but that’s the thing, they happen naturally. what was special about the gates was that it was one man imposing his will on the environment on a massive scale. 23 miles of orange gates doesn’t appear naturally. the beautiful part about his work was that he decided that he made an aesthetic manipulation of the natural world. that’s why i think it was worth going to see. it’s crossing the bridge between the natural and man-made worlds for aesthetic contemplation.

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