(It seems appropriate to enter this in Christo and Jeanne-Claude "saffron"–the color of the moment.)
We spent all day yesterday at The Gates in Central Park. Apparently, others had the same idea. As we later found out, the crowd was estimated to be 700,000.
Many wore orange (or were they saffron?) scarves, hats, coats, shirts and pants. I am certain the store fronts around the Park, sensing opportunity, will soon be decorated in all tints and shades of orange.
It was a perfect day. Bright, sunny, and chilly. The saffron-colored gates heated up the landscape and we all agreed they were meant to be installed in the winter, as the blooming trees of summer would have obstructed the views and taken away from the drama.
By far the most amazing thing about The Gates, as I’m sure it has been with most of C & JC’s projects, is the way it brings people together. Young, old, rich, poor, and people of all colors participated. We heard accents from every corner of the globe.
There were lots of smiles. The man in line behind us at the gift store (100% of the proceeds go to local non-profits) was on his cell phone to a friend. "Have you heard about this project called The Gates in Central Park?" he asked. He proceeded to describe it excitedly to his friend as if it was something he just happened upon and got caught up in. Meanwhile, his arms were full of posters, books, and and other mementos from his visit. It was great!
The southern end of the Park, where the highest concentration of The Gates is in place, seemed much more crowded. We enjoyed the open spaces and hilly terrain of the northern end of the Park. You can find a map and complete coverage on The New York Times site.
Photos (click on images for a larger view):
Rob and me in the middle of a sea of gates.
The Gates from above.
A nearby apartment complex gets into the spirit of things.
Some of the most beautiful views are around frozen lakes.