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Walking on water: The Floating Piers

Sehar Qazi | Updated on: 24 June 2016, 20:49 IST

Along the two-mile golden walkway that connects two small islands in Lake Iseo in Italy's Lombardy region to the mainland, environmental artist Christo Javacheff with his wife Jean Claude decided to build a floating golden bridge.

Javacheffs' golden bridge, The Floating Piers, are 16 metres wide and approximately 35 centimeters high with sloping sides.

The project actually started in 1970, when Christo tried to made people walk on water.

BRESCIA, ITALY: People visit the installation 'The Floating Piers' on Iseo Lake, installed by Bulgarian artist Christo Vladimirov Javacheff known as Christo, in Sulzano Village of Iseo Town, Brescia, Italy. Approximately 200,000 floating cubes placed on the lake to make a runway connecting the village of Sulzano to the small island of Monte Isola (Photo by Pier Marco Tacca/Anadolu; Agency/Getty Images)
It's selfie time for a couple on The Floating Piers (Photo by Pier Marco Tacca/Anadolu; Agency/Getty Images)
People on the installation The Floating Piers (Photo by Pier Marco Tacca/Anadolu; Agency/Getty Images)
Photo by Pier Marco Tacca/Anadolu; Agency/Getty Images

The 15 million Euro-project is funded through the sale of Christo's original drawings and collages.

The Floating Piers is made from 220,000 high density polyethylene cubes and is covered by over 100,000 square metres of yellow fabric that changes colour according to the sunlight and the water.

The bridge undulates with the movement of waves as The Floating Piers sits just above the surface of water.

Those who have experienced The Floating Piers say that it feels like they are walking on water or traveling perhaps on the back of a whale from island to island - from Sulzano to Monte Isola to San Paola.

While The Floating Piers is free and open to the public, 270,000 visitors have flocked to see the installation in just less than five days.

The Floating Piers at night (Photo by Pier Marco Tacca/Anadolu; Agency/Getty Images)
Photo by Pier Marco Tacca/Anadolu; Agency/Getty Images
Photo by Pier Marco Tacca/Anadolu; Agency/Getty Images
Photo by Pier Marco Tacca/Anadolu; Agency/Getty Images

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First published: 24 June 2016, 20:49 IST
 
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