Lonely Planet Writer

Huge art installation to draw in thousands of visitors to walk across an Italian lake

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.

People walk on the monumental installation entitled 'The Floating Piers' created by artist Christo Vladimirov Javacheff on Iseo Lake, in northern Italy, on June 18, 2016. Some 200,000 floating cubes create a 3-kilometers runway connecting the village of Sulzano to the small island of Monte Isola on the Iseo Lake for a 16-day outdoor installation.
People walk on the monumental installation entitled ‘The Floating Piers’ created by artist Christo Vladimirov Javacheff on Iseo Lake. Image by MARCO BERTORELLO/AFP/Getty Images

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.

A couple sits with an umbrella on the monumental installation entitled 'The Floating Piers' created by artist Christo Vladimirov Javacheff on Iseo Lake, in northern Italy, on June 18, 2016. Some 200,000 floating cubes create a 3-kilometers runway connecting the village of Sulzano to the small island of Monte Isola on the Iseo Lake for a 16-day outdoor installation opening today.
A couple sits with an umbrella on the monumental installation entitled ‘The Floating Piers’ created by artist Christo. Image by MARCO BERTORELLO/AFP/Getty Images

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.

People walk on the monumental installation entitled 'The Floating Piers' created by artist Christo Vladimirov Javacheff on Iseo Lake, in northern Italy, on June 18, 2016. Some 200,000 floating cubes create a 3-kilometers runway connecting the village of Sulzano to the small island of Monte Isola on the Iseo Lake for a 16-day outdoor installation.
People walk on the monumental installation entitled ‘The Floating Piers’ created by artist Christo. Image by MARCO BERTORELLO/AFP/Getty Images

The installation is free to the public 24-hour a day, with lifeguards and monitors on hand to ensure safety.