Christo's Floating Piers on the waters of Lake Iseo, Italy. Photograph by Wolfgang Volz




Dezeen readers were full of praise for Bulgarian artist Christo's saffron-coloured floating pathways completed earlier this year, which connected the shore of Italy's Lake Iseo to islands at its centre.

The temporary project was criticised heavily by an Italian consumer group however, who described The Floating Piers "an unreasonable waste of public money" and claimed cleaning up after the tens of thousands of visitors came at a huge price.

The 81-year-old artist – whose full name is Christo Vladimirov Javacheff – is renowned for this kind of large-scale fabric installation, which he originally created with wife, French artist Jeanne-Claude, who died in 2009. Together they wrapped Berlin's Reichstag building in material, and strung 39 kilometres of fabric between giant posts across California.

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