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Ten years after the passing of his wife and creative partner, Jeanne-Claude, Christo sets out to realize The Floating Piers, a project they conceived together many years before. Boasting uncensored access to the artist and his team, Walking on Water is an unprecedented look at Christo's process, from the inception through to the completion of his latest large-scale art installation, a dahlia-yellow walkway atop Italy's Lake Iseo that was eventually experienced by over 1.2 million people. The film takes the viewer on an intimate journey into Christo's world amid mounting madness - from complex dealings between art and state politics to engineering challenges, logistical nightmares, and the sheer force of mother nature.


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  • The film's North American premiere was at TIFF in September 2018.
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Jun 6, 2019

The documentary has a pleasing offhandedness. The same cannot be said of its subject. Christo, who turns 84 on June 13, is precise and highly directed.

Metacritic review by Mark Feeney
Mark Feeney
Boston Globe
Jun 4, 2019

Walking on Water is essential for any devotee of the arts, as this shows a project from fruition to dismantling, a full life cycle of an art installation if you will. I, for one, found it very fascinating.

Metacritic review by Lorry Kikta
Lorry Kikta
Film Threat
May 14, 2019

Though it starts uneventfully, the doc perks up in its second half, highlighting the kind of practical headaches nearly no other artist in the world has to contend with.

Metacritic review by John DeFore
John DeFore
The Hollywood Reporter