February 22, 2012

SandBox Comments: Pueblo Chieftain "Over the River set back to 2015"

Tracy Harmon:
"CANON CITY - New York artist Christo has opted to delay plans for Over the River by pushing back the exhibition a year to allow more time for planning and installation.

Christo's Over the River will be displayed in August 2015 instead of 2014. It will consist of the suspension of 5.9 miles of silvery translucent fabric panels above the Arkansas River in eight segments of a 42-mile stretch between Canon City and Salida.

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management gave the project a green light after a lengthy environmental impact statement review.

"The thoroughness of the BLM's environmental review process resulted in the decision being issued several months later than originally planned. As a result, the BLM's final environmental impact statement authorized 28 months for installation, but only 24 months remained," said Steve Coffin, Over the River project team spokesman.

Since November, Christo and the Over The River team have been focused on the next phases of the project including development of the event management plan, which will detail the initial phases of the project including staging, anchor and anchor transition frame installation. The team also is working toward applying for a Chaffee County permit and will hear whether the Fremont County Commission will grant its permit in March.

The county commission is continuing its deliberations and and a final decision may come either March 13 or March 27, said Debbie Bell, the commission chairwoman...." (Read more?  Click title)

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