Visionary art duo Christo and Jeanne-Claude's proposal to cloak 5.9 miles of the Arkansas River in a continuous silvery fabric may finally become a reality. Two years ago, the proposed $50 million project, Over The River, stirred controversy when environmental students at Denver University sued to block the work, concerned that the drilling of 9,100 holes in the ground would severely impact the region's natural ecosystem. Earlier this week, a judge of the federal district court gave the project the go-ahead, according to the Southern Colorado’s local paper, The Pueblo Chieftain.
“I was always confident the court would uphold the BLM’s actions because the Environmental Impact Statement conducted by the BLM was thorough and comprehensive,” Christo said in a statement. “We have one appeal in state court still outstanding, but today we took a significant step forward in realizing Over The River.” Once this last hurdle is past, Christo and his team will begin an intense 27-month-long process of preparing, constructing, and installing the work.
Over The River was first conceived in 1992, 17 years before Jeanne-Claude's passing in 2009. Below, check out how the project evolved over the years: