A Taster's Journey is a newsletter on food, wine and travel. After 15 years of studying, tasting, teaching, and selling wine, I created this newsletter to not only share my passion about wine, but of food and travel as well. Each month I hope to share wines that I am drinking, food that is in season, restaurants that I have enjoyed, and places I have traveled. Enjoy!"

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A Sea of Orange

February 27th, 2005

Gates by the Water

Gates by the Water

This past month Central Park was transformed into a massive expression of art. Artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude unveiled their latest project “The Gates”, 23 miles of billowy orange fabric hung from sixteen foot high vinyl frames. These gates are everywhere; placed every few feet on the winding footpaths of the park. The orange fabric blows briskly in the wind, making the exhibit come alive.

Gates from Above

Gates from Above

This art exhibit has certainly been controversial. It is sheer magnificence to some, while others feel it is offensive and a deterrent to the natural beauty of the park. I personally think that this burst of orange is fun. It adds life to the park during the bleakest month of the winter season.

One thing everyone will agree on, is that “The Gates” has been a mega-event. It has been the most talked about art happening that I can remember. So, while Christo and Jeanne-Claude certainly view Central Park differently than Monet would have; you have to tip your hat to these artists for making a statement, and making everyone take notice.

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