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.
Please support this project.