SALIDA, Colo. (AP) — An artist known for his large-scale projects says his proposal to put silvery, luminous fabric panels over the Arkansas River won’t hurt bighorn sheep.

The panels in Christo’s project would span eight sections along a 40-mile stretch of the river between Salida and Canon City and require drilling anchors. The project is expected to take two years.

Colorado wildlife commissioners voted to send a letter to the U.S. Bureau of Land Management expressing concerns over how the project would affect the sheep, according to the Pueblo Chieftain.

Christo says protecting wildlife and the environment is important and he will address the concerns that were raised.

His ideas have hit resistance before.

“The Gates” in New York’s Central Park was rejected by three city administrations before Christo’s friend Michael Bloomberg was elected mayor. The 7,503 fabric panels of “The Gates” were installed in 2005 under Bloomberg’s tenure.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (3)
  1. Jackson says:

    @devervet & R Alvarado,
    You both made assumptions without knowing the facts.
    The millions of dollars are generated for Colorado – Cristo doesn’t profit.
    If you have a study that proves sheep will be scared to death (and yet aren’t bothered by the busy highway and trains) I’d love to see it. Because the ACTUAL study shows you are wrong.

  2. Rebecca J. Alvarado says:

    Christo should be creative enough to find an alternative project. This is just not good for the wildlife! Who besides Christo is making money on this project? Is it publicity for the area? This is just a no no!

  3. Denvervet says:

    Thats stupid, it will scare the wildlife to death! Find another project…..birds of prey hunt for fish there and will be scared of that stuff hanging over the river! Not a good project!

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