Speaking of over-the-top outdoor installations, one of the true pioneers of the field, Christo, is continuing his years-long effort to erect "Over the River." Conceptually finalized in 1996 by Christo and the late Jeanne-Claude, the earth work is proposed as a series of massive translucent fabric panels stretched intermittently across a portion of the Arkansas River in southern Colorado. On June 28, the first of three remaining lawsuits that stand in the way of the work's realization was dismissed when the Interior Board of Land Appeals upheld the Bureau of Land Management's decision to approve the temporary use of federal lands for the project.

Two suits remain: The first, in federal court, is aimed at revoking the BLM permit; the other, in state court, has challenged a permit granted by Colorado State Parks. Both were brought by the anti-Christo group Rags Over the Arkansas River (ROAR). Although the canyon has both a highway and a freight line running through it, ROAR believes that "Over the River" will have dire environmental consequences during the eighteen months it will take to build it, the two weeks it will be on view, and the few months it will take to remove it.

“Tlalocan,” by David Mazza, stainless steel and marble.
“Tlalocan,” by David Mazza, stainless steel and marble.

Location Info


Z Art Dept.

1136 N. Speer Blvd.
Denver, CO 80203

Category: Art Galleries

Region: Central Denver

Goodwin Fine Art

1255 Delaware Street
Denver, CO 80204

Category: Art Galleries

Region: Central Denver


Through July 13 at Z Art Department, 1136 Speer Boulevard, 303-298-8432, zartdept.com.Through July 20 at Goodwin Fine Art, 1255 Delaware Street, 303-573-1255, goodwinfineart.com.

Hey, if ROAR is concerned with protecting the environment, they should focus on fracking and leave the subject of art to those of us who can spell it.

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