Artist Christo’s river project gets federal OK

(Courtesy: overtheriverinfo.com)

CANON CITY, Colo. (AP) – Opponents say they may appeal after a federal judge refused to stop a plan by the artist Christo to hang nearly 6 miles of silvery fabric in sections over the Arkansas River.

Members of Rags Over the Arkansas River say the project is potentially dangerous and destructive to traffic and fish.

A federal judge ruled Friday that there is no evidence that federal officials failed to comply with environmental laws as opponents said in their lawsuit.

Christo and his late wife Jeanne-Claude began scouting for a location for the temporary installation in the 1990s. After visiting 89 rivers in seven states, they chose the Arkansas River between Salida and Canon City.

The project could begin as soon as 2018.

 

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