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Remembering "The Gates"

March 3, 2010 --

It is five years since the paths of Central Park were adorned by "The Gates." This "artwork" from Christo and Jean-Claude was unveiled (perhaps unraveled is more accurate) on February 12, 2005; the last of "The Gates" was removed March 11, 2005.

It might be said that never before had so many people visited this great park in the final weeks of winter -- indication perhaps that steadfast commitment to a vision can become reality.

Balto and Shana, and a passer-by.

LPR once again thanks Christo and Jean-Claude, and Chief Engineer/Director of Construction Vince Davenport and Project Director Jonita Davenport for "The Gates" and their implied teaching that relentless persistence is not necessarily a sign of insanity.

LPR also thanks Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and NYC Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe for their invaluable aid in making "The Gates" -- and its lesson in persistence -- a reality.

"For the world is full of zanies and fools who don't believe in sensible rules and won't believe what sensible people say and because these daft and dew'y-eyed dopes keep building up impossible hopes impossible things are happening every day."

Oscar Hammmerstein II lyric for the song "Impossible" from the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical "Cinderella," originally presented on the CBS television network.

NYC Skyline as a backdrop

Waving ...

Winter scene ...