Calhoun: Wake-Up Call

"Over the River" hits a new snag with DU students lawsuit

Christo's "Over the River" will soon have another bridge to cross. Even as a public hearing that could secure Fremont County's approval of the project along the Arkansas River gets under way this morning in Canon City, a group of University of Denver students will be filing suit to stop it.

Christo, who's been working on this project for two decades, will be at the Canon City meeting with the Fremont County commissioners. Meanwhile, at 9 a.m., students from the Environmental Law Clinic at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law will be at the federal courthouse in Denver, filing suit to stop Over the River on behalf of Rags Over the Arkansas River.

According to ROAR's website:

Whether you call us "ROAR," or our full name "Rags Over the Arkansas River," our organization is dedicated to preserving and protecting the headwaters of the Arkansas River, the Bighorn Sheep Canyon, its inhabitants and the communities that depend upon them.

Our founding project has been to formally oppose Christo and Jeanne Claude's "Over the River" project. This project involves suspending horizontal fabric panels within a 45 mile stretch over the Arkansas River's Bighorn Sheep Canyon. Hence the name "Rags Over the Arkansas River." The acronym ROAR soon became our primary moniker

This lawsuit should definitely help ROAR be heard. The case is being filed by DU student lawyers Mason Brown and Justine Shepherd; they are being overseen by professor Michael Harris.

Christo's work isn't the most controversial art project in Colorado. That title would probably go to "Mustang," the devil horse at DIA that recently made an ignominious list. Read more in "'Mustang:' Is DIA's devil horse the ugliest public art in the world?"

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Patricia Calhoun co-founded Westword in 1977; she’s been the editor ever since. She’s a regular on the weekly CPT12 roundtable Colorado Inside Out, played a real journalist in John Sayles’s Silver City, once interviewed President Bill Clinton while wearing flip-flops, and has been honored with numerous national awards for her columns and feature-writing.
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