So many people had photographed Gates that Ben had lost interest….. but then it started snowing and everything changed. By noon that day he was so excited that he dropped everything to go into the city for a study. It was the only snowfall while the exhibit was up.
There are two things Ben often points out about this image; you don’t see people because the snowy ridge hides them, and the Dakotas in the background remind him of John Lennon.
The Gates was a site-specific work of art by Christo and Jeanne-Claude of over 7,000 vinyl “gates” along 23 miles of pathways in Central Park in New York City. From each gate hung a saffron-colored nylon fabric panel. The exhibit ran from February 12, 2005 through February 27, 2005.
Ben’s 36” x 48” framed print of this image can be seen on display at Farmers Table at 21 Forest Street in New Canaan, CT.