Walking on Water
94% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes
Ten years after the passing of his wife and creative partner, Jeanne-Claude, Christo sets out to realize The Floating Piers, a project they conceived together many years before.
Boasting uncensored access to the artist and his team, Walking on Water is an unprecedented look at Christo’s process, from the inception through to the completion of his latest large-scale art installation, a dahlia-yellow walkway atop Italy’s Lake Iseo that was eventually experienced by over 1.2 million people.
The film takes the viewer on an intimate journey into Christo’s world amid mounting madness – from complex dealings between art and state politics to engineering challenges, logistical nightmares, and the sheer force of mother nature.
Captured through breathtaking aerial views and fly on the wall camerawork, we watch the artist’s vision unfold, and get to know the man chasing it.
Click here to listen to the NPR Documentary of the Week (5/17/19) podcast about the film with Raphaela Neihausen and Thom Powers of NPR affiliate WNYC.
Click here to listen to an interview with Christo from 2016, talking about The Floating Piers, from Boston NPR affiliate WBUR.
"Watching...Christo bringing the installation to life is like watching a magician perform a drawn-out magic trick."
"we spy on an artist who races around like a mad scientist...His passion is genuine, as is his sense of wonder."
"The artist's forceful character does battle with technology, bureaucracy, corruption and the elements, resulting in an installation of stunning beauty and a documentary that delights in capturing the act of creation."