Floating Piers to let visitors walk over Italy’s Iseo Lake

Published on : Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Italy floating pierItaly is expecting to draw at least half a million visitors after the Floating Piers on Iseo Lake, by the artist Christo Vladimirov Yavachev, will open in late June.



Bulgaria-born artist Christo and his team has been assembling and anchoring almost 220000 poly-ethylene floating cubes in form of a three kilometre walkway since November, 2015. The walkway will connect the mainland with two of the islands situated in Lake Iseo, Lombardy. Monte Isolo is one of the islands, which only uses boats as the method of communication with the mainland.



“For the first time, for 16 days, from the 18th of June to July 3, they will walk on the water,” Christo stated.



The pier still needs final touch. A deep yellow coloured fabric will be attached to the pier with the help of special sewing machines, to create natural folds. The colour of the fabric will change from red to brilliant gold, under the effect of light and cloud. The walk will give the visitors the feeling of walking on the back of a whale. Christo has urged the visitors to be careful on the edges of the walkway.



Over 150 volunteers, including several lifeguards, will be posted on the piers on 18th June, during the opening day to ensure the safety of the tourists. The walkway was financed entirely by Christo himself, about €15m; still the walk will be open to all without charging any entry fee.



Walking over the water of Lake Iseo in a floating bridge and enjoying the picturesque alpine foothills is something to look forward to. May be the piers will draw more travellers to this rural part of Italy.

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