Christo is, of course, a true celebrity wildly adored by the art world and critics everywhere, and often his works are greeted with the kinds of effusive praise that I've quoted here below:
"The effect is astounding. To be in the presence of one of these artworks is to have your reality rocked. You can see things you have never seen before. You also get to see the fabric manifest things that cannot usually be seen, like the wind blowing, or the sun reflected in ways it had not before .. The effect lasts longer than the actual work of art. Years after every physical trace has been removed and the materials recycled, original visitors can still see and feel them in their minds .."
And if you find this as impressive as I do, I have some very special news for you today. It appears that artistic genius has manifested itself in a place many in the art world would have found to be unlikely in the extreme. Can you believe that here in Sierra Madre, on the muddy and rock strewn slopes of the construction site known as One Carter, artisans of strikingly similar skill and vision have been busily constructing landscape art all their own, work of a singular grace?
Behold Sierra Madre, we give you "Protective Plastic Rain Sheathing That Rises To The Sun."
Now my meager words cannot do honor to what we are witnessing. So we here at the Sierra Madre Tattler have brought in the world renowned art critic Arthur Cornrye-Michellinda to give his description of what it is we are seeing here. Arthur?
"Yes, Sir Eric, here we are awed by tactile materials prosaic yet mighty, textile but possessing an ethereal power heretofore unappreciated. 'Protective Plastic Rain Sheathing That Rises To The Sun' takes us from the slough of day to day human existence and invites our spirits to soar to places of which we have never dared before dream. Who could fail to sense the true greatness when brought before so majestic a sight? Do you have a Kleenex? I fear that I am about to cry."
The next time you are in the neighborhood, please do stop by and see what all of the excitement is about, will you? "Protective Plastic Rain Sheathing That Rises To The Sun" will be in place until the rainy season draws to a close, or the mountain liquifies and flows down Baldwin Avenue and out onto the 210. Whichever happens first. And at this point, it's anybody's guess.
This has been Art Talk with Sir Eric Maundry.