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Italy: Christo 'walk on water' project opens on Lake Iseo

view from the art installation The Floating Piers by Bulgarian-born artist known as Christo on Lake Iseo, northern Italy, Image copyright Reuters
Image caption Christo, who paid for the installation himself, first conceived the idea in 1970

Thousands of people have tried out the latest installation by conceptual artist Christo - a 3km (1.9 mile) walkway on water in northern Italy.

Queues built up to get on the Floating Piers, made from more than 200,000 interlocking cubes wrapped in yellow nylon, as it opened on Lake Iseo.

Christo has warned the experience will be like walking on water - or on the back of a whale.

The Bulgarian-born artist once wrapped the German parliament in silver fabric.

Work has been going on since November to assemble and anchor the cubes to concrete slabs on the floor of Lake Iseo.

It is the artist's 23rd large-scale installation.

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Image caption The project connects the village of Sulzano with the small islands of Monte Isola and San Paolo
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Image caption Some visitors said they drove through the night to arrive in time for the dawn
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Image caption Entrance is free and hundreds of thousands are expected to visit before it closes on 3 July
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Image caption Some people took their shoes off to get a better feeling of what the project is about
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Image caption There are no handrails, so lifeguards will be standing by on the walkway and on boats
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Image caption Christo, 81, says the colour of the fabric will change dramatically due to the effects of light and humidity

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