Art has the incredible ability to unite and inspire people regardless of any prior background, knowledge, or predisposition. All it takes is a single look at a beautiful work of art – be it a painting, sculpture, video or photograph – to elicit a powerful feeling that leads to specific action. For this reason, art is very effective tool for activism and has been used to rally people for a cause for ages.

While some works of art are very explicit in their message, others are more subtle and work to change the viewer’s perspective. The latest living exhibition from artist Christo and his late wife Jeanne-Claude does just this. Entitled “The Floating Piers,” this project is an interactive bridge spanning Sulzano to Monte Isola and to the island of San Paolo in Italy. Like all of Christo’s works, access to The Floating Piers is free and it will only be open for a limited time. This breathtaking project was designed to work seamlessly within the surrounding environment, highlighting the beautiful natural landscapes and allowing people to literally walk on water.

The scenery is absolutely breathtaking and is sure to bring out the nature lover in anyone.

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Visitors experience the work by walking on it from Sulzano to Monte Isola and to the island of San Paolo, which it encircles. The entire walk is two miles long.

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All of Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s works are designed to engage the viewer with an experience. In this piece, attendees feel as if they are literally walking on water, becoming a part of their natural surroundings.

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It also wouldn’t be a project by Christo without the beautiful, vibrant saffron fabric. It contrasts the deep teal water perfectly. 

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After walking The Floating Piers, people are sure to be inspired by what they see. From pure waters to awe-inspiring mountainscapes, this is surely a life-changing experience.

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These incredible piers are expected to attract approximately 40,000 people a day and will stay on the lake for 16 days until July 3, after which it will be dismantled, recycled, and resold. While every attendee will have a different experience with this attraction, all are sure to walk away with a renewed perspective on the natural world. There is nothing like being right in the middle of nature to remember why these places are in such desperate need of our protection.

To learn more about this awe-inspiring project, check out The Floating Piers website.

All image source: Christo and Jeanne-Claude: The Floating Piers/Facebook