SALIDA, Colo. (CBS4) – The artist Christo is a step closer to being allowed to drape huge pieces of fabric over the Arkansas River.

The Colorado State Land Board has okayed the two leases needed for the “Over the River” project.

Christo wants to suspend nearly 6 miles of fabric in eight sections above a 42 mile stretch of the river between Salida and Canon City. It would stay there for two weeks in August 2014.

The leases will raise about $26,000 for schools.

Final approval is needed from the federal Bureau of Land Management. It is expected to review the plan this fall.

Christo and his late wife Jeanne-Claude came up with the idea for “Over the River” in 1992. His wife died in 2009, four years after the pair’s project “The Gates” wowed visitors at New York’s Central Park.

The project would cost an estimated $50 million.

Related Video Clip

In 2010 CBS4 Critic at Large Greg Moody interviewed Christo about his vision for the project. Watch the report in the archive video clip below:

Comments (3)
  1. denvervet says:

    Take that 50 mil and give it to research to find out why someone would want to waste 6 miles of fabric draped over a river. This is rediculous, whats the purpose? This isn’t art its just plain stupid. 50 MILLION DOLLARS/???? Can you imagine how many schools that could help, people, families, etc? I could see if the economy was rolling in money but what is this project going to prove? It only proves a lack of concern for the nations economy to me. Rediculous. Signed, Art Lover!

  2. Drew says:

    I agree with denvervet, this is a waste of resources. $50 mil to waste 42 square miles of fabric for a 2 week show. That same $50 mil will pay for 500 college educations.

  3. rochelle mapes says:

    Cristo said that a painting doesn’t get reviewed before it is painted but his project has thousands of pages of review required. Please, tell him he should definitely try painting and then he can show the painting to anyone interested in seeing it. We live, work and play in Colorado and no one here would claim that the reason people live here and visit here is to see laundry hanging where natural beauty resides.

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