3. The Gates, Christo and Jeanne-Claude (2005)

From February 12 to February 28, 2005, artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s temporary piece, The Gates, was on display along the pathways of Central Park. The series of 7,503 gates with free-hanging saffron colored fabric panels stretched for 23 miles. The piece was described as “a golden river appearing and disappearing through the bare branches of the trees.”

The Gates instantly became a global phenomenon, which took millions of dollars and 25 years of planning to carry out. On view at the MCNY, are the Central Park map plans for the project.