The official title is The Gates, Central Park, New York, 1979-2005, reflecting the decades-long process of conceiving of and planning this monumental piece of artwork. It's some 7,500 "gates," large fabric swaths hanging from frames that span the walkways of Central Park. It cost 22 million dollars, none of it taxpayer money; Christo and his wife raised the money through the sale of sketches, paintings, and the like, and paid for it all themselves. It will last sixteen days, through next weekend, and then will be gone forever.
The park was really a zoo yesterday. The weather was very good for a February weekend, so everyone streamed to the park to see the newly unveiled Gates.