Christo’s Newest Project: walking on water, eating Italian Oil

It was a long-held dream, but finally – from today – the conceptual artist Christo walked on water with his latest project “The Floating Piers,” a walkway stretching three kilometers, that connects two small islands in Lake Iseo, in Italy’s Lombardy region, to each other and to the mainland.

For 16 days Italy’s Lake Iseo will be reimagined: visitors can experience this work of art by walking on it from Sulzano to Monte Isola and to the island of San Paolo, which is framed by The Floating Piers. The mountains surrounding the lake offer a bird’s-eye view of The Floating Piers, exposing unnoticed angles and altering perspectives. Lake Iseo is located 100 kilometers east of Milan and 200 kilometers west of Venice.

“Like all of our projects, The Floating Piers is absolutely free and accessible 24 hours a day, weather permitting,” said Christo. “There are no tickets, no openings, no reservations and no owners. The Floating Piers are an extension of the street and belong to everyone.”

What about food? Cast Alimenti chefs and pastry chefs transform the lightness and the golden colour of this extraordinary piece of art into raw material: the oil of Iseo Lake. They are cooking six special recipes to be eaten during the walk on the Floating Piers, just outside the Sulzano-Montisola railway station, inside Piazza Campagna Amic”, for a food experience that talks about the magic of a work of art.

The oil is a special ingredient because you can use it in desserts, gelato, with bread, fish and vegetables. So Cast Alimenti has organized six events that include all the “mestieri del gusto”, the cooking shows will be repeated form 6 pm to 10 pm every hour and you can buy products packaged to eat as you go.

The full program: June 19th : Oil & Chocolate with the Pastry (chef Yuri Cestari), June 21st: Oil & Pastry (chef Gabriele Bozio), Oil & Bread (brad maker Alessandro Bresciani), June 25th Oil & Fish (chef Marco Martinelli), June 27th Oil & Gelato (Gelato maker Carmela Grotta) and June 29th Oil & Vegetables (chef Nicola Michieletto).

Ailén Gamberoni


(Illustration by Chiara Dattola)

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