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BLM Progress “Over The River”; Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s 5.9-Mile River Art Proposal

Progress “Over The River”; Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s 5.9-Mile River Art Proposal

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Dear Friends of Over The River,

We are very excited to announce that Christo will be returning to the Arkansas River Valley in early December.

This will be his first visit since the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) issued the Over The River Record of Decision (ROD) on November 7, 2011.

The Record of Decision gave Federal approval to Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s original vision to suspend 5.9 miles of fabric along a 42-mile stretch of the Arkansas River. This marks the end of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) process and the first time that a work of art has undergone this comprehensive Federal analysis.

To celebrate the Over The River Record of Decision, Christo will be hosting Supporter Appreciation Receptions in Cañon City and Salida. He greatly appreciates all the hard work that our members have done over the last several years. To recognize your dedication and perseverance, Christo will be providing and signing free Over The River posters to all supporters who attend the receptions!

Christo and Friends of Over The River (FOR) also want to encourage you to not let up in your efforts. Even though the EIS is complete, Over The River still needs permits from Fremont and Chaffee counties. What happens during the next few months will be essential to making Over The River a reality. Information about the next steps of the local permitting process and ways to get more involved will be available at the receptions. We are almost there!

All supporters are welcome to attend, so please invite your friends and neighbors to help us commemorate this historic milestone!

Cañon City Reception
Tuesday, December 6th, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Fremont Center for the Arts
505 Macon Avenue, Cañon City

Salida Reception
Wednesday, December 7th, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

SteamPlant Ballroom
Sackett and G Street, Salida

We hope that you will join us in welcoming Christo back to our community as we celebrate the Over The River Record of Decision. Looking forward to seeing you there!


Elizabeth Ritchie
FOR Area Coordinator, Salida

Terri Madigan
FOR Area Coordinator, Cañon City

Over The River is a two-week temporary work of art by the artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude. For more information, visit our website at