Back in 2004, from April to July, The Metropolitan Museum had a special Christo exhibit. My friend Anne and I attended, quite by accident, as we were there to see something else. As we walked in, we observed several rooms dedicated to The Gates proposals - hanging were dozens of large framed artworks, altered photos, and maps, portraying the artists' vision to install thousands of saffron draped archways throughout the park. The scope of the project changed over the years, as reflected in Christo's artwork. His study of the location was evident - black and white photos from many angles were altered to show how The Gates would appear.
As Anne and I went room to room, following the process, I felt my heart racing....recognizing that I might get to witness a Christo event - nearby! The last room of the exhibit had a prototype gate, complete with saffron fabric. Approval! There were cards for the taking - directing you where to apply to become part of the installation team. I wasn't able to make that kind of commitment, but knew I'd be back in just six months to see Central Park all decked out....because Christo and Jeanne-Claude had the vision, persistence, and full blown passion to see it through.