Author: Trouts Staff
Kirk Deeter, Editor at Angling Trade Magazine, offers his perspective on the proposed "Over the River" project by famed artist Christo. While we at Trout's Fly Fishing are proponents of the arts, we have to agree with Mr. Deeter that this project is flawed no matter how you look at it. Nature is a beautiful and wonderus thing, and it is hard to imagine why somebody would want to try, or think they could make it any better.
"I appreciate fine art. I encourage creative expression. I write about things that promote tourism, almost every day. And I think the Arkansas River in the Colorado high country is worth visiting.
My gut reaction to his latest proposed plan is, “How vain?” How dare anyone attempt to “beautify” what’s already there? It seems to me that God/Nature or whatever you feel inclined to understand has already created a magnificent landscape that is more visually spectacular, more honest and real, than anything any artist might improve, augment, or comment on, even for a short span. Why would we trade the “what is,” for a concept, or a statement?"
Our sincerest thanks to Mr. Deeter for taking the time to share is opinions on this project.