June 2016: Christo on Lake Iseo

The Floating Piers

Temporary bridge on Lake Iseo

With world-class event on Lake Iseo

FROM 18 June to 3 July

What is it?

The The Floating Piers is the name of the project given by ‘American artist (New York) Yavachev Christo Vladimirov, his new performance.

L ‘installation of’ artist involves the construction of a provisional real bridge, lies on the water of the lake, which will unite for just 16 days and for the first time in its history, the Brescia side (Sulzano -BS) of Lake d ‘ Iseo to Montisola (Monte Isola is the ‘largest island present at’ inside of Lake Iseo but also the ‘lake island highest d’ Europe).

This installation will be open to the public and will allow anyone who wanted to, to be crossed and hiked 24 hours on 24, and FREE, from June 18 to July 3, 2016 will be removed later and everything will return to normal.

This event is considered one of the most important events of 2016 worldwide. There are countless publications worldwide who devote extensive articles on the matter. The famous Lonely Planet, has compiled the ranking of the ten new travel destinations for 2016 and Italy ranks sixth with even the floating bridge artist Christo that will be set up on Lake Iseo in June.

Statements of ‘artists during a public meeting …


“You will walk on water, better if you come without shoes ..

… It will be a walk of three kilometers, you will hear the waves under your feet.

The walkway will be recyclable finished the 16 days, it will be destroyed. “But then there is nothing left?”. The artist, “will remain in your hearts.” “


A pedestrian path of three kilometers on the waters of Lake Iseo, near Brescia, made using 70,000 square meters of fabric yellow iridescent, supported by a modular floating pontoons made up 200,000 cubic in high density polyethylene is’ The Floating Piers’, the project internationally renowned artist Christo that in June 2016 for 16 days reinterpret the lake Lombard. Presented at the Maxxi museum in Rome, the installation will be developed in a circle from Sulzano to Monte Isola and then to the island of St. Paul, on the water and for a kilometer and a half even on a pedestrian street between Sulzano and Peschiera Maraglio.

Visitors can walk on the work and admire the most hidden from the mountains around the lake. The pontoons will be 16 meters wide and 50 centimeters high and at the end of the 16 days, the entire structure will be removed and disposed of by an industrial process of recycling. With ‘The Floating Piers’ Christo back to work in Italy after more than forty years. © Christo Vladimirov Yavachev


The territory of Lake Iseo and Franciacorta offers visitors a lover of nature and landscape a varied environment: calm waters, mountains solemn, breathtaking views,relaxing hills covered by vineyards that can be discovered by boat, on foot,bicycle.Lake Iseo (Sebino) is the 4th largest lake in Lombardy and the seventh largest in Italy. It has an area of 61 square kilometers and is located at an altitude of 185 meters above sea level. The maximum width of 2.4 km and 65 km perimeter. Its maximum depth is 251 meters.E ‘of glacial origin, formed by the river Oglio, which is tributary and outlet. Has a form sinuous surrounded by high mountains and in the center stands the majestic Monte Isola, the mountain of the lake. It is customary to speak of her as the largest island of the European lakes. To the south of this stretch of water stretches the Franciacorta area of morainic hills, bounded on the east by the river Mella, on the south by Mount Orphan and west by the river Oglio. his extension of more than 230 sq. km. In recent decades owes its fame to be the land of Franciacorta DOCG wine production, served in local restaurants and exported all over the world. The vegetation is varied, are about 130 species of plants, consisting of wild flora as pine forests, deciduous forests, meadows and grasslands and the signs of human presence, olive groves, vineyards, cultivated fields.

Monte Isola is surely the pearl of the lake, the most popular and attracts every year thousands of visitors. The movement of private vehicles is prohibited and then you can discover a standing, walking along its 35 km of paved roads or trails that reach the top, 600 meters above sea level, where, while resting from the effort of the climb, you can admire the wide panorama that sweeps over the entire lake. You can also get on the bike or mountain bike and make the journey of about 10 km or experience the thrill of reaching the most upstream. During the tourist season is Bicycles can be rented. Or more conveniently to operate a boat and discover the lake, through trips organized around the island with public and private boats. There is no better time to get to know, is suggestive every day of the year, even in cold winter days, when not crowded, you can probably get the full taste. Are, however, recommended the months from April to September for the milder climate and vegetation more luxuriant. It’s connected by a regular ferry service and in a few minutes you can reach the villages lake: Peschiera Maraglio Sensole, Carzano Siviano. These, along with other villages mountains make up the municipality of Monte Isola, given the beauty and the uniqueness of its environment, he joined the Association of the “most beautiful villages in Italy”. The countries are linked by a regular bus service and the tourist season service is extended with the races from Peschiera Maraglio reach Cure, point departure to the Shrine of Our Lady of Ceriola.

Always glacial are the Pyramids of Zone, orginatesi a vast deposit of moraine from one language left side of the glacier that formed Lake Iseo. (third glaciation, 150,000 years ago). The moraine consists of clay, silt and sand and boulders and pebbles. the agents weather, water and wind have eroded little by little this terrain and isolated boulders that performing a protective form of the pyramids as high as 30 meters. It ‘a phenomenon in slow motion and when the boulder falls summit, the pyramid breaks down. Were called in various ways by fans, scholars and journalists do stone pyramids of land, fairy houses. The area is recognized as a Regional Reserve of the Pyramids of Erosion Zone since 1984 and is popular with individual tourists, groups and schools. A small visitor center with ample parking is at the beginning of the Reserve, the path circular is about 1 km and you can organize guided tours in collaboration with the Ecological guide for the valley of Sebino Bresciano.

To act as a liaison between the lake and the Franciacorta are the lakes and narrow languages land forming the Nature Reserve Sebino. This protected area, recognized as a reserve in the 80s, has glacial origin, when the glaciers had retired left small lakes which over time turned into swamps and ponds. Since the nineteenth century, the use of peat as an energy source in the mills, led to exploitation by part of this man, pounds and pounds of bread were excavated peat, formed small lakes that became an ideal place for life and migratory fish and birds that settled. It can be said that he was the man in form this small but beautiful environment natural, frequented by lovers bird watching or simply lovers of walks in a quiet environment. For the protection of flora and fauna visits are permitted only on foot. Only one path, the bicycle Brescia-Iseo, on the southern border, allows cyclists to visit.

The rock carvings of Valcamonica rich over 300,000 figures carved on the rock walls, are considered as the most important example of rock art in Europe. In the area of Capo di Ponte has the highest concentration of engraved rocks of the Valley and it is for this reason that after studying the ’20s and ’30s, the Archaeological Superintendence of Lombardy in 1958 established the National Park Naquane. In 1979, and the engravings of Valcamonica became the first Italian site under the protection of UNESCO World Heritage. The engraved rocks testify to the life of the ancient Camuni who lived in this area since 8000 years before Christ, and in the Paleolithic until more recent times, such as the Roman domination. The earliest period that goes up to 6000 BC, is characterized by figures of animals, particularly deer, carved in a very simple way using primitive tools of siliceous rock.For more detailed information:http://www.invallecamonica.it/aree/risorseculturali/arterupestre/scheda.aspx?IdRisorsa=238&Lingua=ITA


The gastronomy of our country is the expression of the lake and of the earth, the union between the fisheries and agriculture.

The fish is cooked in countless ways. The most famous dish is filled with tench, accompanied by polenta served in Clusane. This small fishing village, thanks to this dish was originally prepared in homes, has built a thriving economy based on food that began in the late 800. Other fish dishes are served on a perch fillets, pasta and risotto with fish, ravioliripieni, eel, whitefish, char baked shrimp lake aole marinated and fried. In addition to the dishes mentioned above, you can try the sardine and chub served with slices of dried polentaabbrustolita. Are now part of the local landscape arches that island, are used to hang the fish left in the sun and air to dry and then stored in oil. The meat is never missing in the menu and another dish is beef oil Rovato.Importante agricultural center, considered the capital of Franciacorta, has a long tradition in farming and marketing of meat and in particular in the preparation of meat for boiled beef and oil. Irreplaceable accompaniment for meat and some fish from the lake is polenta, once dish on the tables of the poor. The rediscovery of eating well and healthy has given new impetus to the cultivation of olive trees and now have become an integral part of the landscape. Marone has recently been recognized as a city of oil: here we organize various events such as “the olive oil ..” June “Bread and oil mill” in November. Even in Rodengo Saiano, in December, we organized the exhibition “Sapor oil” with the intent to promote awareness and use extra virgin olive oil and is due to open a mill. All this is accompanied by excellent wine produced in Franciacorta, which has become in a few decades the product he has done and know our territory in the world. Wine of Franciacorta DOCG have written thousands of words, have made specific interviews and television programs and is now also mentioned in a novel by the writer Sveva Casat Modigliani (Bice Cairati). A great achievement for an idea that, while boasting a long history of production is said to begin by the Romans, has started a new course in the early ’60s. After careful evaluation of the potential of the territory, innovated production methods and the results were so surprising that already in 1967 authorized the production of Franciacorta DOC, white, red and sparkling wine. Later in 1995, the Franciacorta, sparkling wine, just obtained DOCGe from 2008 still wines white and red represent 30% of production known as “Terre di Franciacorta” can also be called “Curtefranca.” Franciacorta and Lake deserve definitely a trip to the wine and cuisine of the area, made up of simple tastes but I decided that you can relish in the simple trattorias, in many farms, in restaurants on the lake up to those who renamed several years are cited with stars and spoons on the most traded food guides. You can also combine guided tours of the cellars, where wine experts take visitors to explore the transformation of grapes into the nectar of the gods. The wineries that are part of the Consortium of Franciacorta, through the Association of Road Franciacorta, organize almost a year-round calendar of visits to wineries to receive individual visitors and groups. It ‘a brochure available informativo.La kitchen of Franciacorta is enriched with a new dish: braised beef in Franciacorta.


After a visit to a monastery and a stop in a few well-known restaurant, perhaps with a cellar, there are different proposals for the time libero.Il Lake Iseo ela Franciacortaoffrono the opportunity to visit historic towns and bellezzenaturalistiche putting on the bike. You can go, especially in Franciacorta, uncrowded roads that cross the villages, or you can use the bike path Brescia-Paratico.Consultare the route map of the route of Franciacorta, stopping to observe the dance of love of loons , to admire the impressive architecture of some abbey, to wander over the wrought iron gate of a villa to relax and enjoy a good glass of Franciacorta. For those who want to make the circumnavigation of the lake a safe path does not exist, even if they move up the provincial definitely made more accessible to cyclists the coastal road. It is in  progress the modernization of the road to the lake, with bike spaces on the lake for tourists and beaches. In the meantime, do not forget that beautiful and scenic road that ELA Fleece-Toline. Lovers of the more difficult routes can definitely recommend the roads that lead from the towns on the lake in Valle Trompia attraversola Val Palotda Pisogne or Iseo Polaveno: real tests of skill and strength. Or go the route of permanent bicycle race mountain bike “Gimondi Bike” which, starting from Iseo, enters Franciacorta.Per the walks, many paths run all over the Brescia side of Lake Iseo, Franciacorta while you can find paths in small valleys poorly understood. A famous ones of Monte Isola, alongside the trails that run all over the eastern side of the lake, starting from the countries on the shore, reach the heights above until you reach the Monte Guglielmo. This imposing mountain, called “the mountain of the house” because it is entirely on the territory of Brescia, alone offers many opportunities for excursions to simple strollers, for those who love alpine ski, snowshoe walkers, bikers, nordic walking enthusiasts. A fascinating and suitable for everyone is surely the Old Road Valerian that stretches for circa25 chilometried offers an exciting show of the lake and the surrounding landscape: it is as if suspended between water and land. You can decide of covering it completely or for short kilometers, retracing your steps or reaching the point of departure by train or boat. Along the way you will enjoy country churches, rural villages (as Maspiano and Gandizzano, where for several years it has organized a medieval festival in spring), walk through meadows, olive groves and old stone walls that divide the plots. Other trails hidden but no less fascinating are located in small valleys between Ome and Monticelli Brusati. The first is called “the path of the falls” and is a natural adventure trail, in a small gorge where the stream flows Gaina forming small waterfalls. You can venture even on hot summer days because it is entirely shaded. The second is a walk in the village Paradiso, in Ome. You enter into a small valley formed by the River Gandovere, and after a half hour walk is not difficult, you will arrive at ‘”Botanical garden of conifers” where they are collected and cared for about 50 types of conifers, from pine to pine Aleppo, from the cedar of Lebanon fir the Caucasus. Nearby there is a small waterfall and from here you can reach the headwaters of the Gandovere. The lake offers many opportunities for water sports. Several centers have trained water samples sailing who participated in the World Championships and the Olympics. During the summer, organize courses for children and adults, and lacks a rental of sailing. The canoe is moderately practiced especially in the area of the lower lake and the river Oglio, where there is a path quite challenging because of the artificial barriers between Paratico and Palazzolo of about 12 km. During the tourist season there are beach resorts that rent the equipment. Windsurfing and kitesurfing are well-established practices, carried out especially on windy days just before summer storms. It is possible to rent the equipment and make corsi.E ‘can experience the thrill of paragliding addressing some schools that offer courses and launching flights from the hills of Sale Marasino and Sulzano. Enthusiasts will find many free climbing walls overlooking the lake or along the small valleys in the vicinity of Monte Guglielmo: the Quai Bucadel in Iseo, Opol Valley  in Zone, the Madonnadella Rota Marone. Terms and periods regulate fishing on the lake, but there are no organized centers that provide equipment. Bogs have been prepared in some areas where you can fish, upon payment of a daily permit and follow all the rules listed. In Franciacorta there are some private fishing lakes. Golf lovers are in Franciacorta a golf club with 18 holes, set amidst 60 ettaricon lakes and a rich vegetazione. Also for riding the area is full of ways and there are many riding centers that organize schools for children and adults. Some centers excursion and trekking cavallo.Nella area have arisen quite recently hire boats, bicycles, quod next season and even scooters.

The Floating Piers


3 July 2016




Over 1,200,000 people visited Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s The Floating Piers during its 16 days

from June 18 through July 3, 2016. The temporary work of art featured fabric-covered piers 3

kilometers in length, constructed across the water of Italy’s Lake Iseo, and continued along 2.5

kilometers of pedestrian streets in Sulzano and Peschiera Maraglio.

“Each project is a slice of our lives and something that I will never forget,” said Christo. “Jeanne-

Claude and I first conceived The Floating Piers in 1970. I later found Lake Iseo to be the most

inspiring location to realize this project. The Lake’s water, the landscape, and the communities

around it have all been part of The Floating Piers. An important part of this project is the temporary

part, it has a nomadic quality—this is why after 16 days it is gone.”

The Floating Piers was free and accessible to the public, no tickets or reservations were required.

Local authorities requested The Floating Piers close at night to accommodate the community of

Monte Isola’s sanitation needs. On average over 72,000 people a day from around the world

experienced The Floating Piers and explored the hosting communities around Lake Iseo, which

offered food and drinks, and places for hikes where visitors could take in different vantage points of the piers.

“Monte Isola was ‘Caput Mundi’ [Capital of the World] for 16 days,” said Fiorello Turla, Mayor of

Monte Isola. “I was there, I’ve been part of this incredible event that was The Floating Piers. Hotels,restaurants, bars, and shops recorded astonishing attendance, and images of Lake Iseo were broadcast on the major international networks. For my small island it’s been a challenge that we enthusiastically met and we are grateful for this wonderful experience, which will have lasting

impact on the future of the tourist industry of our area.”

The Floating Piers has been a great success, despite any doubt,” said Giuseppe Faccanoni,

President of Lake Basin Authority, “but the most interesting thing is that it provided new

perspectives for inhabitants around the lake. It allowed us to rediscover our surroundings and the

value of the lake’s inner beauty, which can sometimes be underestimated.”

“The Lake Iseo area hosted over a million visitors, offering an unforgettable artistic experience and

allowing people to learn about a hidden corner of Italy,” said Paola Pezzotti, Mayor of Sulzano. “Wehave been at the center of a contemporary artistic experience and the international tourist circuit.The attendance of visitors and all the investments brought by The Floating Piers benefits our localeconomy and will enable even broader social and tourist development in years to come.”

Christo financed the entire cost of The Floating Piers, approximately 18,000,000 Euros, including

the assembly, installation, maintenance, security, and removal of the work of art. The artist does

not accept sponsorship. The total includes planned support for local government agencies and host communities in the Lombardy Region, totaling 1,500,000 Euros. This funding covered services such as police, ambulances and fire personnel and for installation of telecommunications in the nearby tunnels. It also included concession fees for use of Lake Iseo and the communities of Sulzano and Monte Isola. Additionally during the project, Christo paid for extra garbage removal,portable toilets, and other sanitation assistance for the surrounding area.

Over 1,000 people were employed by The Floating Piers. All project workers are paid, there are no

volunteers, including manufacturers, engineers, building contractors, divers, pier monitors,

lifeguards, boat captains, and security personnel. The majority of the monitors, which provided

round-the-clock coverage on the piers, were local Italian residents from the Lombardy region.


Removal of The Floating Piers will begin July 4, and materials will be industrially recycled for use ina variety of applications. The recycling involves several different processing methods, and will take place at various locations in Europe.

“We are grateful to all the local leaders and authorities for their partnership on this project,” said

said Vladimir Yavachev. “Maintaining the Lake and its surroundings continues to be a top priority

for us. We will remove all components of The Floating Piers over the course of three months, and

we will leave Lake Iseo as if we were never here.”

The Floating Piers included:

220,000 high-density polyethylene cubes and pins, manufactured by four different

companies in Northern Italy, used to create a modular floating dock system on Lake Iseo.

The cubes will be re-granulated onsite and the material will be re-used in the plastics


100,000 square meters of nylon fabric and 80,000 square meters of felt, from three

companies in Germany, to cover 3 kilometers over the piers on water and 2.5 kilometers of

pedestrian streets. The yellow-dahlia fabric as well as the felt underlay will be re3

manufactured and used in the production of new fabric products. The fabric may also be

ground into a filler and used in such products as carpet underlayment.

200 concrete dead-weight anchors, weighing 5.5 tons each, specifically designed for the

project. The anchors, used under water to hold the piers in place, will all be carefully

removed from the lakebed and milled/shredded for filler and industrial re-use.

“A part of the project that visitors never saw is the unique and incredible anchoring system

beneath the piers designed by Rosen Jeliazkov,” said Christo. “Rosen and his team have been with us since the start of this project, helping us to realize this very technical and essential aspect of The Floating Piers. I want to thank everyone who worked on The Floating Piers—we could not have done it without so many experts and specialists.”

Following the completion of The Floating Piers, Christo will return his focus to two works in

progress he began with Jeanne-Claude; The Mastaba, Project for the United Arab Emirates, (started in 1977) and Over the River, Project for the Arkansas River (started in 1992).



Images and video available at:


Photo credit: Wolfgang Volz; Video credit: Courtesy of Christo

The Floating Piers website:


Christo and Jeanne-Claude website: