Thursday, July 29, 2010

Notes from the Over the River presentation

Posted By on Thu, Jul 29, 2010 at 3:23 PM

Christo at the Indy before the presentation yesterday.
  • Matthew Schniper
  • Christo at the Indy before the presentation yesterday.

Following an 80-slide lecture in which he recapped the current state of his Over the River project and past works done with his late wife and partner, Jeanne-Claude, Christo welcomed input from a crowd at the Fine Arts Center last night.

Save for two, all the questions and statements were positive. Many attendees thanked Christo for choosing Colorado for this endeavor. The last question came from a girl of about 8 years old, who asked Christo how long it takes him to draw his sketches of the project, to which the artist replied, "Seventy-five years."

Those who opposed the 5.9-mile-long art project between Salida and Cañon City clapped when one woman stated that the impact the piece will have on the wildlife was too great and that OTR would be a "shroud over the water."

Christo and his project team urged the public to review the BLM's Environmental Impact Statement draft and to give their opinions on the topic. The team would like the public to promote Alternative 1a, which allows the project to continue as planned.

They also encouraged the public to attend an upcoming formal public comment session.

Cañon City: Harrison K-8 School, 920 Field Ave.
Monday, Aug. 9
Open House: 4-6 p.m.
Hearing: 6 p.m. through last comment

Salida: Salida High School, 905 D St.
Tuesday, Aug. 10
Open House: 4-6 p.m.
Hearing: 6 p.m. through last comment

Cotopaxi: Cotopaxi School, 345 County Road 12
Wednesday, Aug. 11
Open House: 4-6 p.m.
Hearing: 6 p.m. through last comment

Denver: Doubletree Hotel Denver, 3203 Quebec St.
Thursday, Aug. 12, 2010
Open House: 4-6 p.m.
Hearing: 6 p.m. through last comment

Copies of the EIS draft are available online at blm.gov/co/st/en/fo/rgfo/planning/otr.html, with comments accepted by mail, e-mail, fax and through the BLM site.

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