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               ENTER THE GATES                                                                                             myNotes

               “Nobody can buy these projects. Nobody can own
               these projects. Nobody can charge tickets for these
               projects. Even we do not own these projects.”

               Christo and Jeanne-Claude

                  15  FIVE, FOUR, THREE, TWO, ONE!          As crews unfurl each saffron fabric panel into
                                          the freezing February morning, the crowd cheers. Thousands of
                                          people are gathered to watch teams of workers, dressed in gray
                                          uniforms with “The Gates” emblazoned in bright orange,
                                          spread out across Central Park and set the panels free.

                                          Surrounded by Mayor Bloomberg, officials of New York, and
                                          other well-wishers, Christo and Jeanne-Claude laugh with joy.
                                          Like fluted columns, the nylon fabric panels seem to stand in

                                          silence for a moment . . . then, with a gust of wind, they float
                                          back and forth in swaying rhythms.

                 New York City mayor Michael R.
                 Bloomberg opens one of the
                 first gates with Christo and
                 Jeanne-Claude beside him.

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