April 15, 2005


Originally uploaded by blackoutny.
For some reason, I find this photograph incredibly compelling. The fabric and frame meld together, almost becoming abstract. It resembles some sort of crag, or peak. Definitely recommend clicking for larger view...

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April 13, 2005


Originally uploaded by BMiami.
This gets the angle perfectly. One sculpture activating another.

"The horse looks as if it is irritated by all the saffron, it jumps a gate."

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Chuck's Gates--Cost: $25

Chuck's Gates--Cost: $25
Originally uploaded by Pink Cloud.
"The local junk guy had his take on Christo's Gates. I saw The Gates in NYC and I loved them. But these made a statement of their own and I love these, too. And art lives in Roberts, Montana."

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April 12, 2005

tape drawing + the baby gates

tape drawing + the baby gates
Originally uploaded by R.bean.
In a way, Christo and Jeanne-Claude's definitive work on the Gates is the sketches - the 25 years of planning, campaigning, and sustaining the vision. But the minute the first banner unfurled, the Gates belonged to everyone. There will eventually be a "definitive" book of C and J-C-approved photographs, just as there is already a definitive volume collecting the sketches. I would argue, though, that it is only the latter that can claim the definition of something. Since they belong to everyone, everyone has the right to re-situate the Gates and define them as they choose. R.bean's strange tape structure with baby gates is a great contribution to the collective memory.

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April 11, 2005

beautiful photos by Enigmanote

Christo's Gates
Originally uploaded by Enigmanote.
I haven't seen any photos quite like these. There's a nice hazy distance in all of them, and a restrained, but nevertheless dreamlike hypercolor.

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April 7, 2005

Meer Reflections

Meer Reflections
Originally uploaded by djwhelan.

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April 4, 2005


1 2

1) Vertical Shine - originally uploaded by rfwomon

2) VERTIGATES - originally uploaded by Red Hawk

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March 30, 2005

the scepter

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March 28, 2005

gaming the gates

Fantastic photo from IT IN place - the Gates as seen on the new PlayStation Portable (thanks, Alex).

"Max plays with the PSP" - Damon Itin '05

The only Gates games I can think of are pretty dumb - dueling installation crews, tennis ball pole jousting, or racing gates (imagine Super Mario Kart with Central Park Conservancy golf carts). But seriously, the archive should be viewable on smaller screens.

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March 25, 2005

a single place can be bottomless

Last week, Flickr photographer ejmachad posted three luminous photos of Gapstow Bridge. There are two versions of each, identical as far as I can tell. We have over 2,700 photographs now tagged with "gatesmemory." Many are new uploads, and many are photographs that were already on Flickr before we announced the project. For the latter, some simply added the new tag to all their Gates-related photos. Others made a selection. Already, people are thinking as curators, as editors - it's interesting to see how the project added another layer to the Flickr system. ejmachad only uploaded these photos of Gapstow Bridge. He/she may have taken dozens or hundreds of other Gates photographs, in as many other locations in the park, but something clearly came together here. There's a nice feeling of having settled into one place, drawing on its full depth.

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March 22, 2005

gates rain

gates rain

Originally uploaded by joeholmes.

Image of the day.

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March 21, 2005

"simplified images"

Originally uploaded by lawroberts

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March 17, 2005

images of the day

1. rain and saffron - originally uploaded by Thom.

2. held - originally uploaded by Thom.

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March 16, 2005

image of the day

the gates again
Originally uploaded by Hugo VT.
Central Park has always been a sort of city dweller's fantasy, aided in no small part by the majestic West Side skyscrapers (the San Remo being one of the finest). The Gates took this several steps further. From certain vantages, they seemed like a royal processional leading to these strange, looming castles.

A number of photographers have chosen to emphasize the Gates' bright color against the wintry landscape by photoshopping the image to produce a black-and-white background. This one does it particularly well.

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March 13, 2005

Image of the Day: Sunday

Untitled (Art)

Originally uploaded by the-vorlon.

The landscape framed by Gates.

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March 12, 2005

image of the day - saturday

texture. Originally uploaded by Thom.

The camera here catches what I don't remember seeing with the naked eye.

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March 11, 2005

the Gates through Central Park benches

demuth five.jpg

Here's my favorite of the day (thanks much to DogFromSPACE..) Reminds me of Charles Demuth's "Figure Five in Gold."

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