Legal Update: Christo’s Colorado Project Postponed IndefinitelyThe Art Dossier on September 19, 2012 with 0 Comments
Hyperallergic is reporting that a Colorado judge has officially postponed Chirsto’s Over The River Project. Federal judge John Kane ruled that the artist cannot move forward with the installation until the lawsuit from the group Rags Over the Arkansas River, attempting to stop the project, has been resolved. This has been an ongoing legal battle for the artist and with this latest bump it seems the project may be at a permanent stand-still.
According to a press release from ROAR: Judge Kane directed counsel for OTR not to “hang those sheets over the river” until ROAR has a meaningful opportunity to make its case to the Court. His decision essentially prohibits any OTR construction until the court authorizes it.
Judge Kane also granted Christo’s request to intervene in the lawsuit, which means that he joins the BLM as a defendant. Steve Coffin, a representative for the artist, wrote to Hyperallergic:
[W]e are pleased that Judge Kane granted our request to intervene so that the interests of Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s “Over The River” project could be protected. The ruling by Judge Kane requiring OTR to give notice to the parties was issued several weeks ago but that ruling had virtually no impact because the project does not have an exhibition date and won’t have a date until there is greater certainty in the legal proceedings.
Read the rest from Hyperallergic here.