January 17, 2005
A day at the parkThere's snow on the ground; a light snow continues to fall. The apartment is cold. The Empire State Building has faded. The morning is quiet.
Saturday I met Guillemette and Catherine for a walk in the park. They were writing stories on Christo and we went to see the progress of the Gates. We met at 96th and Madison and ate brunch at a nearby diner. We entered the park at 102nd street. Steel blocks lined the pathways. Orange cones marked their placement. We wandered back and forth down to the boat basin. At one point we walked around the resevoir. The sun was setting, the cold winter light was beautiful. I had left my gloves at home and my hands were freezing, but I took a few pictures.
At the boat basin, the offices were closed. A woman sat in one trailer and told us that no work was done on the weekends. Guillemette was disappointed. She wanted to see the uniforms worn by the workers. Now she had nothing to describe for her story.
We walked out of the park and down Madison. Passing Hermes, Catherine mentioned that they had a scarf commemorating the Gates project. A huge replica hung in the store. Inside, the saleswoman said they hadn't arrived yet. But she showed us a similar scarf. The only difference would be the addition of Christo's signature.
It's stopped snowing; the day is clearing.
Posted by eku at January 17, 2005 9:28 AM