Next summer, contemporary environmental artist Christo will create floating walkways around Lake Iseo, west of Venice in the Lombardy region of Italy. Bright yellow fabric will invite visitors to stroll through the area — walking on water atop 200,000 floating cubes — that joins the mainland to the lake islands, continuing into the streets in two mainland towns. This is Christo’s first major work since the death of his longtime collaborator Jeanne-Claude in 2009. Christo’s stunning landscape installations have always imagined the impossible — but he is hardly alone.
Cai Guo Qiang’s installations envision “the most pressing dilemmas and contradictions affecting us,” despite the works’ seemingly impossible narrative — whether it be about flying wolves or territorial animals drinking peacefully from a lake.