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Christo's "Over the River" delayed

07/31/12 at 09:45 PM by Vince Puzick

The Cheyenne Mountain Chapter of Trout Unlimited recently reported this news.  Christo is delaying his plan to drape 5.9 miles of fabric over the Arkansas River as local lawsuits and federal appeals continue to plague the famous artist's grandiose project.


While confident the Bureau of Land Management's November 2011 Record of Decision will withstand several legal challenges, the Bulgarian-born artist on Tuesday announced the project's official unfurling will be delayed beyond the planned two weeks in August 2015.


"Our date for exhibition for Over The River is temporarily on hold," said Christo, who met this week with Gov. John Hickenlooper and BLM officials in Denver before rallying with supporters Tuesday in Cañon City. "We can't have a date with all that litigation hanging over us."


The artist is continuing to fund project work such as bighorn sheep habitat mitigation and traffic studies but he is not moving forward with critical "physical activities," he said.


The timeline is simply too short, said 77-year-old Christo. Read more

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