For 16 days, hundreds of thousands of people are expected to flock to northern Italy to walk across a lake on a huge art installation.
A giant pier, created by the artist Christo, makes a 3-kilometre walkway from the village of Sulzano to the island of Monte Isola on Iseo Lake.
The installation, entitled The Floating Piers, opened on 18 June and will remain open for 16 days. It is expected to draw in about half a million visitors to the small village, but some rain over the weekend closed the pier for a short time due to safety concerns.
Christo Vladimirov Javacheff, a Bulgarian-born American artist better known simply as Christo, is famous for large scale environmental art and projects. He created many famous works with his wife Jeanne-Claude, who died in 2009.
The enormous floating walkway has been in the works since last November, requiring hot air balloons to move concrete anchors to the lake in order to stabilize the immense project. The pier is comprised of 200,000 floating cubes at a total cost €15m, which will be funded through the sale of Christo’s artwork, reports the New York Times.
The installation is free to the public 24-hour a day, with lifeguards and monitors on hand to ensure safety.