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Christo's Piers installation evacuated

dpadpa 18/06/2016

Christo's latest art installation - a three-kilometre, 16-metre-wide floating structure on Italy's Lake Iseo has been evacuated due to bad weather.

The Floating Piers art installation on Lake Iseo in northern Italy which allows visitors to "walk on water" has been temporarily evacuated due to bad weather.

Earlier on Saturday visitors were able to walk on water as the artwork, created by 81-year-old artist Christo, opened to the public.

Christo is famed for gift-wrapping the Reichstag building in Berlin and the Pont Neuf in Paris.

His latest work, a three-kilometre, 16-metre-wide floating structure in Lake Iseo, extends out into the waters of the lake as well as hugging the shore in parts.

It is made of 100,000 square metres of "shimmering yellow fabric, carried by a modular floating dock system of 220,000 high-density polyethylene cubes", the artist says on a promotional website.

"Those who experience The Floating Piers will feel like they are walking on water - or perhaps the back of a whale," Christo said.

"The light and water will transform the bright yellow fabric to shades of red and gold throughout the 16 days."

Visitors on Saturday were impressed. "It's like strolling on a sunbeam," said Petra from Berlin.

Others could be heard exclaiming "So soft!," "Brilliant!" and "Magical!" The Floating Piers are open to the public from Saturday until July 3, weather permitting.

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