Sunday, September 18, 2005

Rags over the River

The Poet contacted me a while back, asking me to take The Visiting Poet flyfishing. All right, I said, and let's ask Recent Graduate as well. Eventually, the Senior was asked to come along too, and the five of us spent Saturday on the Arkansas River.

September and October are the payoff for spring blizzards and summer heat. This day, the temperatures were warm, the rabbitbrush (chamisa) was in golden bloom, and the first leaves were turning golden on the willows too.

The water was low and clear, and the trout were spooky, but we all caught some. And we tested various rhymes for "Orvis," since Visiting Poet has done some product testing for that firm.

Part of the river where we fished is in the crosshairs of High Art. Christo and Jeanne-Claude want to hang fabric across it, a project known locally as "Rags over the River." How wonderful. I find myself agreeing with the Denver Post headline, "Locals say river is art in itself," placed on Rick Tosche's Sunday column (link may expire).

With any luck, however, we can drag this thing out until Christo dies.

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Anonymous William Haley said...

Is there a web site or any mailing address or email for "rags over the river"? If you know any way to contact them, I would appreciate it.

Thank you,

Bill from Pueblo

10:10 AM  
Anonymous Kurt said...

Christo's art is inspiring and beautiful.

He pays for it himself, he makes sure landowners are well compensated and that the environment is returned to it's natural state (if not better) when it's done.

Myself and many, many art lovers would come and visit your little corner of the earth to see it; and, leave some money along the way. I cannot say that I/we would if it weren't for the project.

You have nothing to lose and everything to gain by having the project there. I know the economic impact on New York city was in the MILLIONS.

Can I just say this part one more time? - Christo would do everything possible to not mar your lands. He will leave it as he found it.

12:32 PM  
Blogger Chas S. Clifton said...


If you would not come to "our little corner of the Earth" (now there is a patronizing statement!) to see the Arkansas Canyon the way it is now, why would adding some draperies make it any better?


1:00 PM  
Anonymous Cathey said...

Hi Bill, you can email ROAR at or visit our website at or snail mail us at ROAR, P.O.Box 786, Canon City, Co. 81215

8:52 PM  

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