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The Gates: The 26-Year Old Journey of Christo and Jeanne Claude

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The Gates: The 26-Year Old Journey of Christo and Jeanne Claude
by Antonio Ferrera, Albert Maysles, David Maysles, and Matthew Prinzing
2007

HBO Documentary Films and CVJ present a Maysles Films Production
DVD
98 minutes

In 1979, artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude proposed one of the largest public artworks in history: a "golden river" or 7,503 fabric-paneled gates in Central Park. While Christo and Jeanne-Claude's artistic vision sought to unite all of New York City, the public reacted with accusations of 'defacement of a masterpiece,' akin to putting a mustache on the Mona Lisa. Twenty-four years later, and after the election of Michael R. Bloomberg as mayor, the project was approved in January 2003 and completed in February 2005.

THE GATES chronicles the evolution of the project from concept to realization, ultimately overcoming public disapproval and transforming Central Park into a symphony of color and light. The work of Art, entirely financed by the artists, which brought over 4 million visitors around the world to Central Park in mid-winter, is lovingly captured in this masterful film.