It’s Been 11 Years Since Artists Draped Fabric Through Central Park

This week marks the 11th anniversary since Jeanne-Claude and Christo pulled off an ambitious art installation in Central Park. The creative duo -- known internationally for their work wrapping islands, buildings and trees with fabric -- set up 7,503 frames each with orange-tinted fabric through 23 miles of the park. They called it "a visual golden river."

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Pedestrians walk beneath Christo and Jean-Claude's "The Gates," in Central Park, New York, Feb. 12, 2005.
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Fred Walls, left, Judy Stockmon, center, and their daughter Zoe Walls, of South Orange, N.J. walk under a section of fabric.
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Jery Pineda, 10, left, and her friend Sleris Reyes, 9, both third graders at P.S. 161 in Harlem, make notes during a field trip to see the installation, Feb. 15, 2005.
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People walk under a section of "The Gates," Feb. 23, 2005, which features 7,500 frames with hanging orange-tinted fabric, creating what the artists billed as "a visual golden river."
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"The Gates" wind through the southeastern corner of Central Park on opening day, Feb. 12, 2005, in New York. The art project is a series of thousands of orange gates with hanging saffron fabric panels spread over 23 miles of Central Park paths.
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Artists Christo, left, and his wife and partner Jeanne-Claude, participate in opening "The Gates," Feb. 12, 2005. Jeanne-Claude, 74, died Nov. 18, 2009.
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Pedestrians walk beneath Christo and Jean-Claude's "The Gates," Feb. 12, 2005.
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Lori Schacht and Phil Ray walk under a section of "The Gates" art installation created by Christo and Jeanne-Claude in Central Park, Feb. 21, 2005.
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Christo and Jeanne-Claude's "Gates" line a snow-covered bridge, Feb. 21, 2005. A snowstorm across the New York region left 4 to 8 inches of snow on the ground.
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A group of workers lift a gate into place in Central Park, Feb. 7, 2005.
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Workers unfurl fabric at "The Gates" project in Central Park,Feb. 12, 2005.
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"I love the movement," Toby Tyler said of the installation. She and Tomas Englert left, kiss beside a section of "The Gates, Central Park, New York City, 1979-2005," Feb. 12, 2005.
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An archway in Central Park frames a section of Christo and Jeanne-Claude's installation as people walk through the park, Feb. 12, 2005.
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Pedestrians walk along the edge of Harlem Meer under "The Gates," Feb. 12, 2005.
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"The Gates" as seen on the opening day, Feb. 12, 2005, in Central Park.
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Workers take down some of the 7,503 gates lining 23 miles of Central Park, Feb. 28, 2005. The thousands of tons of steel, orange plastic and saffron-colored nylon fabric are to be recycled as everything from paint rollers and steel reinforcing bar to PVC pipe.
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"The Gates" in Central Park, Feb. 15, 2005, in New York.
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