The Umbrellas


Christo and Jeanne-Claude

Nothing in the way of a photographic record can convey the variegation and scope of the work except Circlerama or Maysles et al. The precise effects achieved with a single element disposed in canyon and open country are quite distinct in several aspects. The high west wall of Gorman Pass has Chinese huts of a screen painting, the flat arid east cliffs brim with an occasional Southern California home. The canyon opens wide in a round vista of expansive dots rhythmically placed, the line extends down to a lake and gazebo, picture perfect.

Large yellow roughly cognate with beach or patio umbrellas. Blue in Japan, moist or dry, two overlooked cultures.