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The Floating Piers by Christo. Image of the day #17

I first saw the drawings of this project and when later images of the nearly finished work appeared, you felt it straight away: this project was going to be world news. I’m talking about The Floating Piers, the astonishing temporary art installation of Bulgarian 81 year old artist Christo. The project consist of three saffron paths that link Monte Isola to the mainland, and a smaller island called San Paolo to Monte Isola. The Floating Piers parcours is 16 metres wide and 5.5 kilometres long. Technicaly it is a titan’s work: 100,000 square meters of shimmering yellow fabric, carried by a modular floating dock system of 220,000 high-density polyethylene cubes, undulate with the movement of the waves as The Floating Piers rise just above the surface of the water. © Instagram The Floating Piers Over the next 16 days, 40,000 visitors are expected to walk The Floating Piers. You can walk on the waters of Lakelseo until the 3rd of July. Although the floating piers installation is free and open to the public, the organisation cannot guarantee …

Banksy’s Dismaland, a fabulous stunt art show. PART 2.

Many pieces are sharp critiques on modern amusement. Banksy’s whale jumping trough a ring in a toilet was inspired by Sea World that was ripped apart by the 2013 documentary “Blackfish.” Or Cinderella’s crashed carnage inside her grungy dark castle, surrounded by flashing paparazzi with motorbikes. When you leave the ‘scene’, you can buy your own souvenir photograph for 5 pound. (“Terribly expensive”, as the staff comments without asking.) Another central spot is the Jeffrey Archer Memorial Fire Pit where visitors can warm themselves around a daily burning of the local lord’s books. There is Ben Long’s sculpture of a horse constructed from scaffolding (a piece that was shown in the V&A). I loved Banksy’s model boat pond with overly crowded boats packed with asylum seekers you can operate yourself from the side with a (paying) remote controller. You never know if you will stair a police boat or the refugee boat and that’s the point. Some dead bodies floating in the water could not be more pain full, with little refugee Aylan in mind, …

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Banksy’s Dismaland, a fabulous stunt art show. PART 1

The moment I got the news that Banksy was about to open an entertainment park, (one that is not) near his hometown Bristol, I knew that I wanted to be there. With any means. But as expected, we were not alone. From the first second the website was online, he crashed, due to 6 million hits from all over the world. You would crash for less, no? Our planning began, as we decided to take the car, get on the Eurotunnel, a car-train under the channel, to drive another 3 hours to this weird little coast village, called Weston-Super-Mare. (Very cool name by the way.) The quest for tickets started. (A Banksy show at Bristol city museum in 2009 attracted more than 300,000 visitors over 12 weeks, so we knew it was not going to be easy to get in). One week after the opening week, the site was back on line and the hunt kicked off. 3 hours later, we had 4 most desired tickets for an evening session, and the day after, 4 …