Walking on Water follows internationally renowned environmental artist Christo on his quest to realize “The Floating Piers,” originally conceived in 1970 by Christo and his late wife and collaborator, Jeanne-Claude.
In 2016, seven years after Jeanne-Claude’s death, their stunning, site-specific masterpiece — which allows visitors to walk across a great stretch of water, buoyed by polyethylene cubes draped in luminous yellow fabric — was cleared to be mounted on Italy’s Lake Iseo at the foot of the Alps. But securing the location was only the first step in a tumultuous process of creative problem solving and prickly negotiations. Not one to suffer fools, Christo is a larger-than-life personality. And his director of operations, (and nephew) Vladimir Yavachev, is likewise a lion, helping Christo contend with bad weather, overcrowding, and maddening bureaucracy. Walking on Water gives us a rare look into the business of large-scale art production — and the sort of temperament required to bestow unto the world something that feels close to a miracle.
(Italy, Germany, United Arab Emirates, USA / 2018 / Directed by Andrey Paounov)
Unrated / 1 hr 45 mins.