A yellow fabric walkway floating on Lake Iseo in northern Italy has attracted twice as many visitors as expected and has been forced to close at night for essential repairs and cleaning.
Last Saturday, Bulgarian-born artist Christo opened “The Floating Piers,” a 3-kilometer (2-mile) walkway from Sulzano, on the mainland, to the Monte Isola and San Paolo islands, usually accessible only by boat. View more Photos..
Authorities in the area, 100 km (60 miles) northeast of Milan, had expected around 40,000 visitors a day and to keep the walkway open around the clock. But after 97,000 came on Wednesday alone, they decided to close it between midnight and 4:00 a.m. GMT.
Made of some 220,000 high-density polyethylene cubes covered with shimmering yellow fabric, the piers have suffered more wear and tear than expected.
The linked cubes are anchored to the bed of the lake, forming a 16-meter-wide, 35-centimeter-high surface designed to move gently with the waves.
Admission is free. Volunteers are on hand in case anyone falls into the water. The installation closes on July 3. (Reuters)
Source: Yahoo News