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Guides, Wildlife Groups Question Value of Christo's Arkansas River Art

Posted on November 04 2010

The debate continues over artist Christo’s “Over the River” project, which would suspend polypropylene-fabric panels across almost six miles of the Arkansas river in Colorado. Trout Unlimited, the Arkansas Valley Audubon Society and the Colorado Wildlife Federation have all voiced concerns about environmental impacts, and guides and outfitters fear they may lose significant amounts of business if the project goes through.
“[Royal Gorge Anglers proprietor Bill] Edrington insists his argument isn’t about the value of Christo’s art. ‘Art above the river is in the eye of the beholder, but the river doesn’t need it,’ he said. ‘I think God’s done a pretty good job already.'” Karl Licis in the Denver Post.

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