The Gates Brighten Central Park
By Eileen Barroso
A cold New York winter has been brightened with the 23-mile-long installation of The Gates, Central Park, New York City, 1979-2005 by husband-and-wife artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude. The 7,500 gates are adorned with free hanging saffron-colored panels. Jean Magnano Bollinger accompanied a group of students on a tour of the exhibition, which runs through Feb. 27. The Columbia University Arts Initiative is sponsoring transportation to Central Park to view the artwork. The free buses leave from Amsterdam and 116th at noon, 12:45 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:15 p.m., 3 p.m. and 3:45 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday and at 3 p.m., 3:45 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 5:15 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. The buses return from 81st Street and Central Park West about 20 minutes later.