Bravo Christo & Jeanne Claude!
Last Saturday we arrived at the park at 8:30 a.m. just off 72nd street entrance to one of the many informal unfurling ceremonies happening at the same time. At that moment, le raison d’être became so very clear. I understood Christo, Jeanne-Claude, their dedication to their art, relentless drive and vision and was quite touched by the culmination of their hard work, a gift to New York. It didn’t seem to matter anymore that we missed an official unfurling with Bloomberg, media, et al.
After 911, the war with Afghanistan & Iraq and the election of 2004, why let the media convolute and interpret the meaning of art for me. Why answer their question when asked what it means-Bravo Jeanne-Claude! Hearing people talk on that first day of the Gates, it seemed that they meant many things to many people. For some it meant shedding memories of 911, and others, a diversion from the war and media, but to us, it was all about birth, life and living life again through our newborn son, Nickcho.
For the next two weeks, Christo rules New York. Let him do for people, what others have promised and have not yet delivered. Thank you Christo & Jeanne-Claude.