On February 12, 2005, Bulgarian-born artist Christo watched as a project 26 years in the making came to life. All over Central Park, free-hanging saffron colored fabric panels were unfurled from 7,503 orange-painted steel gates. The work of art was intended to remain in place only 16 days; the gates would then be removed and the materials recycled.
The last day The Gates stood was a chilly Sunday. I braved the cold to see them and realized that there is no way a photograph can convey their effect, casting a golden glow over the wintery landscape, reflected on the icy paths and in the chilly water of Central Park Lake. The cloth furled and unfurled in the wind, throwing shades of orange across the snowy fields and transforming the frozen park into a beautiful, magical space.