Sep 22, 2010 8:45 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Christo urges consideration of artistic benefits

The team for the artist Christo is urging federal land managers to consider his background as they review his proposal to suspend large fabric panels over parts of the Arkansas River.

Christo's team submitted comments this month to the Bureau of Land Management saying Christo and his late wife, Jeanne-Claude, have had success with past temporary artwork, including suspending a huge curtain in Rifle.

Now Christo wants to temporarily suspend 5.9 miles worth of fabric over eight spots along the Arkansas for his project, Over the River.

The BLM has issued a draft statement of environmental impacts of the proposal and is reviewing public comments on it before deciding whether to issue a permit for it or to allow only a smaller version.


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