“The Floating Piers” in Google Earth

“The Floating Piers” was an artwork by artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude on Lake Iseo, Italy, from June 18 to July 3, 2016. It is now visible in Google Earth.


The imagery on the left is older and shows the project still under construction.


We can see people crossing the walkway and others queuing.

See the official artists website here. One of the artists Jeanne-Claude, died, aged 74, on November 18, 2009. According to Wikipedia the artists began conceptualising the project in 1970. According to the web site the floating piers consist of:

From June 18 to July 3, 2016, Italy‚Äôs Lake Iseo was reimagined. The Floating Piers consisted of 100,000 square meters of shimmering yellow fabric, carried by a modular dock system of 220,000 high-density polyethylene cubes floating on the surface of the water.”

Although the artists have created a number of large scale art works since the 1960’s, the majority of them do not appear in Google Earth as there is not much imagery from that time period. However, we did find one other artwork, “The Gates” in Central Park, New York in 2005:

To find the above locations in Google Earth, download this KML file.

About Timothy Whitehead

Timothy has been using Google Earth since 2004 when it was still called Keyhole before it was renamed Google Earth in 2005 and has been a huge fan ever since. He is a programmer working for Red Wing Aerobatx and lives in Cape Town, South Africa.






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Comments

  1. Greetings Google Earth is,
    I have limited data per month on my little android and have removed Google Earth twice in the past 2 years and finally concluded I simply cannot live with out it. I am a map junkie for sure. Now about Christo, it was 1983-84 I was working as a nanny in Dallas Texas for a family whose father was a developer. He wanted Christi to wrap some buildings in the deep ellum neighborhood of Dallas and while the artist and his wife were in town they paid a visit to the Montessori school the children attended.I had the pleasure of meeting and talking with Chrito and his kind wife JeanneClaude. Before leaving they offered me a autographed print of the Pont Neuf Bridge in its wrapped state. I can’t remember what year he undertook the French project ,but I wish I would have seen it in person and will forever be greatful for the print of this work of creativity,which, amazingly i still own. time to have it professionally framed I do think.
    take care ,debsimms



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