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Wrapped Walk Ways, collage 1978

Wrapped Walk Ways, photograph 1978
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Wrapped Walk Ways, Loose Park, Kansas City, Missouri, 1977-78

After nearly a year of planning, Christo and Jeanne-Claude swathed the formal walkways and jogging paths of the Jacob L. Loose Memorial Park with more than 135,000 square feet of golden apricot-hued nylon in early October 1978. The luminous material, cut 30 percent wider than the supporting surfaces, rippled like water. These "rivers" of fabric were installed in less than three days, with eighty-four workers, including thirteen professional seamstresses with portable sewing machines, assisting. Visitors were able to experience the project, on view from 4 to 16 October, not only visually, but also physically, as they walked or jogged on the nearly three miles of covered pathways.

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