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Over the River project is officially dead

Jason Blevins
The Denver Post

ABOVE: There are many opponents and supporters of artist Christo's proposed Over The River project. A sign that passersby said was put up yesterday, August 18th, 2010 shows some anti-Christo sentiment. The sign is in the town of Howard along Highway 50. Well known Bulgarian artist Christo is working to install his most recent project: Over The River. The project is a temporary work of art where the artist plans to suspend 5.9 miles of silvery, luminous fabric panels high above the Arkansas River along a 40-mile stretch of the river between Salida and Canon City in south-central Colorado. Christo is currently working to obtain the necessary permits so that his team can begin the installation process. He is hoping to exhibit Over The River for two weeks in summer 2013 at the earliest. The fabric is to float gently over the canyon. Kayakers travelling underneath in the rapids, for example, would see the clouds and mountains through the shimmering ribbons, and the sunsets would be spectacular, Christo says. The project would only be on display for two weeks. Between July 16th and August 30th, the Federal government is accepting public comments as part of the permitting process. Helen H. Richardson/ The Denver Post

The group that has battled artist Christo's now-abandoned plan to drape a portion of the Arkansas River between Cañon City and Salida in shimmering fabric has hammered a final nail in the project's coffin.

A week after the famed 81-year-old artist announced he was canceling his 20-year-old Over The River project to focus on other work, the Rags Over the Arkansas River group — or ROAR — secured a promise that Christo would never try to revive the project and he would permanently relinquish all permits already obtained for the art installation.

Christo's Over The River Corp. recently filed a motion to dismiss ROAR's final appeal to block the project in the U.S. Court of Appeals, arguing the appeal was irrelevant since the project was dead.

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