We actually have a picture of this piece in our house so I figured it was time for the boys to learn more about it. Using the three steps to reading about art mentioned here we discussed this piece by husband and wife duo; Christo and Jeanne-Claude. By the way, they share a birthday on June 13th, so Happy Birthday!

Below are the interpretations of Stephen (my husband), Andy and Spencer (my sons) and myself.

WHAT DO YOU SEE?

  • Oh my God!
  • New York
  • I see a bunch of orange flags held by posts and in a maze formation
  • it looks breezy and curtain-y
  • middle of a street with lots of trees
  • big tall buildings in the background
  • it's not a street, it's a sidewalk
  • I like how the shadow shows up on the cloth
  • they are kind of flame-y
  • the shadow is a nice mix between sharp and out of focus
  • they are over a walkway so the viewer is supposed to move beneath it
  • the bottoms of the fabric isn't attached so it can move

WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT THESE FROM YOUR EXPERIENCE?

  • gates
  • curtains
  • tunnels
  • they map out the path
  • I think the light on the curtains is really interesting, each curtain is like a projection
  • the orange is like safety orange
  • likely because it's a color that stands out the most from nature
  • warm in the winter
  • glows well
  • whimsical: so silly on a large scale
  • cool how it looks from above to see the map of the park
  • it looks crazy, like a maze
  • they look like dominoes

WHY DID THE ARTIST PUT THIS ALL TOGETHER?

  • it could feel like a gate and a barrier if you were there
  • or they could propel you, because you want to run through to find the end
  • movement of each cloth enhances natures influence on our life
  • I could imagine biking down the sidewalk and raising my hand above to touch them
  • I'd feel like royalty walking beneath them
  • The sound would be interesting. oh yeah!
  • I'd love to see art like this in real life

These are our interpretations, you may see something different. Oh, and I should mention that when we do this we don't read up about the piece until after we've looked at it.