Denver Post vs. Christo + Jeanne-Claude’s “Over The River” project. A rebuttal by Jason Lee Gimbel.

Via on Jul 26, 2010

A Rebuttal to Denver Post’s Op-Ed against Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s “Over the River Project.”

Via Jason Lee Gimbel

I could barely keep myself from !@#$%^&*(!?*$%#@!? after reading the Denver Post and its concerns over the potential impact on wildlife and the environment regarding Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s Over The River project.

Really! I wondered if the DP has ever in its history spent 1/6th of the $$$ that Christo and Jeanne-Claude have spent evaluating OTR’s impact to evaluate the probable impact their own newspaper has on the environment.

Let’s start with the newsprint rolls that are rail carted in from Russia or Asia. We’re talking 60” rolls, over a thousand pounds, with an average
of 35,800 linear feet. How many tons of pollution is pumped into the air just to get the raw material to the plant? How about the roll camp
trucks buzzing around on propane, electricity to run the plant 24/7?

And that’s not the half of it.

Semi-trucks to haul in inks, press supplies, bobtails and box trucks running bales of newspapers in and around the city only to be delivered by middle age men in more cars. Are there any kids on a bikes delivering newspapers, anymore? No. Hello emissions!

Potential impact you say? The real impact is that the DP just robbed us by stating that we don’t need more impactful art in Colorado. Christo and Jeanne-Claude have brought the human element of beauty to the natural and man-made landscapes, and raised awareness about our environment unlike any person or group in recent history. The work is funded by the artists, free from corporate influences and offered to the community with open arms.

They fully embody the idea that great art is a gift.

We can ill-afford rejecting such a monumental gift.

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4 Responses to “Denver Post vs. Christo + Jeanne-Claude’s “Over The River” project. A rebuttal by Jason Lee Gimbel.”

  1. max says:

    right on jason!

  2. via http://www.facebook.com/elephantjournal

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    elephantjournal.com Is it wrong to blanket a river in the name of art?

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    James Scott Hales short answer is "yes"; it's wrong, long answer is "it depends".. (if it's low impact and temporary, I think it would be less "wrong".. but a river is a thing of beauty already as long as people don't interfere with it.

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    Michael Edwards In this case, yes. And then there is the asshole that did the dead ant art: http://www.impactlab.com/2010/07/14/artist-create

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    Jessica Moore-Irvin That is so wrong about the ants. It looks like GW Bush.

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    Jennifer Paige no! the art is temporary and christo and jean claude do much research to make sure that all of their art does not interfere with the natural system as much as possible. This piece in particular makes a very bold statement about how our natural beauty is often overlooked in the name of materials. Thanks for the article. I love Christo!

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    Deborah Wickham As an artist myself I have often questioned their work, often it uses a large amount of plastic to highlight something that anyone with their eyes open can see the beauty of already.

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    Jen Huss
    Absolutely not, if executed in the manner that Christo + Jeanne-Claudes carry out their work. They use fabric, not plastic, in their installations, arrange for the environment to be returned to it's natural state after the temporary showin…g, and recycle the materials used. The problem, Deborah, is that so many people do not have their eyes open to the beauty that already exists as Jennifer points out. C+J-C works place a brief focus on naturally beautiful entities to force us to pay attention to the beauty that already exists in them. I have a huge amount of respect for what they do and how they do it.

  3. JFO says:

    This is a gimmick and a publicity stunt. These artists do not honor the Arkansas River or the people who live here. The river is a way of life for us, we boat and fish this river and drive on HWY 50 to get places. Art is for the cities, to free minds from the concrete bondage. For those of us who live here, it is because of the natural beauty, we need that. We sacrifice for our way of life in rural Colorado. It would not be art to cover the beautiful Arkansas. It would be a gimmick and a publicity stunt and yet another interference of man with nature. Plus, I don't particularly need all the hardworking, lower-to middle class folks getting all worked up over someone's flagrant misuse of resources right in our faces in times like these. Sad thing is I am an artist, but this seems so misdirected and effecting locals negatively to be of worth here.

  4. P.J. says:

    Keep Christo away from this habitat!
    The Central Park Gates went up in a man-made environment, in the middle of an urban area. A river is an ecosystem, and our nation's natural ecosystems are already stressed to their limits without the further interference of Christo. What are the effects of blanketing this river? What are the effects on birds, bats, fish, insects, and other animals that rely on this river for survival? How will this affect the areas plants? What are the effects of this project on the temperature of the river? What are the impacts of construction and dismantling on the surrounding habitats? How does this affect the lives of people dependent upon the river?
    This project should be rejected immediately for it's ridiculous scale and threat to our natural environment.

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