Remember "The Gates Project," the big outdoor art display in New York's Central Park by artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude? Back in the winter of 2005, the project got lots of headlines -- it covered 26 miles of walkways, with saffron-colored gates and draperies brightening the city's gray winter exterior. Many news stories erroneously said the gates were made of steel, but actually they were PVC, with components made of high-impact polystyrene, polypropylene and nylon. The project may soon be in the news again, as Nazareth, Pa.-based Nicos Polymers & Grinding Inc. has been nominated to receive the Innovative Deconstruction Project award from the Building Materials Reuse Association for its role in recycling "The Gates." According to a news release from Nicos, "The nominators believe that design professionals, building owners and community members at-large stand to benefit and learn from demonstration projects such as `The Gates,' which was a socially responsible work of art." The award will be announced May 14. Although spring officially is here, it's still a treat to see a bit of color (at least here in still-dreary Akron, Ohio). So check out the slide show and video of "The Gates" on Nicos' Web site.
"The Gates" back in the news
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