After 16 glorious days in NYC’s Central Park (and largely glowing reviews), “The Gates” by Christo and Jeanne-Claude has been dismantled.

After 16 glorious days in NYC’s Central Park (and largely glowing reviews), “The Gates” by Christo and Jeanne-Claude has been dismantled. And despite hundreds of requests, there will be no souvenirs; the ephemeral work has gone on to industrial recycling.

An explainer from Christo’s Web site: “The work of art in The Gates is the entire environment, in this case Central Park and its surrounding environs. To experience the artwork, one immerses oneself into that environment. Each separate “gate” would be merely a relic of the artwork and not a work of art. Seven thousand, 500 structures together in Central Park IS a work of art.”

For more information, see http://christojeanneclaude.net, which also includes the artists’ correction of press they find objectionable, including this gentle smack about artists’ work ethic: “Error: ‘The easy life of an artist.’ Not quite so.

Christo works an average of 17 hours a day, seven days a week. Jeanne-Claude is a bit more lazy-only 12 to 13 hours a day. They do not take vacations.”