Cool Community Art Project Needs Your Help

Detail photograph of The Gates, an installation artwork that temporarily graced Central Park in 2005

Detail photograph of The Gates, an installation artwork that temporarily graced Central Park in 2005

Clear out those closets and dressers and feel good doing it. Your gently used clothing will warm dozens of people this winter, but first your donations will become part of a cool replication of the 2005 installation in Central Park called The Gates by Christo and his wife Jeanne-Claude.

Donate new or used winter clothes at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library (look for donation bins in our rotunda), at Yeldarb Gallery, 909 North Kansas Ave., or at the Washburn University Art Department. Clothing used in the art project will not be damaged and will be donated to the Topeka Rescue Mission upon completion.

Beyond donating clothing, citizens can be part of Seams Like Christo, this community art project. Your chance to recreate The Gates comes Sept. 16–Oct. 21, 10am–6pm at Yeldarb Gallery, 909 N. Kansas Ave. Just show up, all experience levels are welcome. Watch artists at work, help out or simply walk through Topeka’s Gates.

The installation will be disassembled Oct. 21 and the clothing distributed by the Topeka Rescue Mission.

For more information, call 785-580-4577.

This project is cosponsored by NOTO artists, Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, Washburn University art students and Yeldarb Gallery.

Want to explore more Christo? Check these titles out!
Christo and Jeanne-Claude: On the Way to the Gates by Jonathan David Fineberg
Christo and Jeanne-Claude in the Vogel Collection by Molly Donovan
Five Films about Christo & Jeanne-Claude [DVD] The Gates [DVD}

Gallery hours are the same as library hours: Mon. through Fri. 9 am to 9 pm, Sat. 9 am to 6 pm and Sunday 12 pm to 9 pm.      

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  • Joanne Harrison

    Keep me informed!