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Jun 25, 2011 3:52 PM by Matt Stafford

Colorado parks board OKs pact with artist Christo

SALIDA, Colo. (AP) - The Colorado State Parks Board has approved an agreement for the artist Christo to pay $550,000 to state parks to carry out his Over the River project, which would suspend 5.9 miles worth of fabric panels over parts of the Arkansas River.

However, the agreement approved Friday is moot if the Bureau of Land Management doesn't approve a federal permit for the project.

Christo's project would use heavy equipment to help erect a system of cables and anchors to hang the fabric along U.S. 50.

Over the River has drawn support from art lovers but frustration from some wildlife advocates and river businesses.

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