New York City artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude hope to cast their spell over a river before they retire. The famous husband-and-wife team are still reeling from this February's New York City mega-event, a two-week installation of 7,500 orange-curtained gates in Central Park. The Gates project was completed after 25 years of logjams, with the artists raising $21 million to fund the endeavor. The Gates drew an estimated 4 million visitors to the park.
After more than 40 years of supersized artworks, one last mega-art project remains on the couple's drawing board. In sharp contrast to the metropolitan staging, the proposed Arkansas River project targets a rural setting in south-central Colorado. The undertaking had been put on hold for four years in favor of the New York project. But the artists have now reactivated the river proposal through a recent public meeting in Salida, Colo.,and other sessions with local officials.