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Created: February 2, 2005
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The Gates is the largest artwork since the Sphinx.

The artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude's installation of 7,500 gates in Central Park has already begun. "The Gates," as they are called, will be festooned with saffron-colored fabric panels and will line 23 miles of pedestrian paths from Feb. 12 to 27. They are being made in Queens and are nearly finished. The artists say they have been working on the project for 20 years.

Guided trolley and walking tours will be offered, and the Metropolitan Museum will open its roof to visitors for the first time during the winter.

Christo's Gates Facts

  • The Gates will unfurl on the morning of 12 February 2005
  • The removal of the gates will begin on 28 February 2005
  • There are no opening ceremonies or events planned by the artists
  • There are 7,500 gates

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Timeline of the Christo's Gates

  • 1979 beginning
  • The project approved in 2003
  • Installation of the bases started in January 2005 and was completed on February 6th. See the pictures.
  • Installation of the poles started on February 7th. Pictures from February 8th. Pictures from February 9th.
  • The Gates were unfurled on morning of February 12th

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