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Art exhibition lets you walk on water

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A Bulgarian-born artist has unveiled a spectacular exhibition that allows people to literally walk on water.

Christo Vladimirov Yavachev, 81, spent two years planning his £11.8m art instillation 'The Floating Piers' which overlooks Lake Iseo, 62 miles east of Milan, Italy.

The walkway is 1.8 miles in length and rests on the surface of the lake, branching out from the mainland town of Sulzano.

It incorporates the islands of Monte Isola and San Paolo, which are normally only accessible by boat.

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The construction of the pier has been quite an achievement.

220,000 high-density polyethlene cubes have been attached together and anchored by divers to concrete slabs on the lake floor.

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The piers are 16 meters wide and 35 centimeters high.

100,000 square meters (1.08 million square feet) of yellow fabric will change colour from red to gold depending on the light.

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The project is designed to a particular moment of a voyage of many years. You know the work of art is not the fourteen days or sixteen days. The work of art is all that journey to that fourteen or sixteen days.

It is not propaganda it is not messages, not anything, it is only feel it. See it, feel it, move it, have all the senses.

The beauty of the installation is certainly in line with the natural beauty of the local environment.

– Christo, artist
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Works by Christo and his wife Jeanne-Claude, who died in 2009, are usually on display for a short period of time - and 'Floating Piers' is no different.

The instillation will only run for two weeks: from June 18 to July 3.

The artist, Christo, stands on his latest exhibit. Credit: Reuters

500,000 people are expected to visit the site, which will be free of charge and have volunteers on hand in case anyone should fall in to the water.