Rags Over the Arkansas River files new motions against Christo's 'Over the River' art project
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DENVER - The group fighting an artist's plan to string fabric over the Arkansas River has filed two new motions with the Federal Court in Denver to stop the project.
Christo's "Over The River" project will string 5.9 miles of fabric temporarily over certain sections on a 42-mile stretch of the Arkansas River. Christo has temporally postponed setting a date for installation of the artwork until the legal dispute is successfully resolved, a spokesman says. Once it is constructed, Over The River will be exhibited for two weeks before it's dismantled.
The opposition group, Rags Over the Arkansas River, says the project will be too disruptive to bighorn sheep in the area, local traffic, and fishing and river rafting businesses.
ROAR filed a lawsuit in February 2012 to stop the project.
Tuesday, ROAR filed a motion asking for more time to review the BLM's Administrative Record as it pertains to claims four to six in their original lawsuit.
However, they also asked the court to expedite resolution on claims one to three in their original lawsuit.
Colorado's state parks and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management have approved the project.
"After careful consideration of the potential impact to the Arkansas River and the wildlife and plants that inhabit this beautiful area, we believe that steps have been taken to mitigate the environmental effects of this one-of-a-kind project," said Interior Secretary Ken Salazar in 2011 when the BLM approved the project. "Drawing visitors to Colorado to see this work will support jobs in the tourism industry and bring attention to the tremendous outdoor recreation opportunities in this area."
The art project is expected to cost $50 million. The project will be paid for by Christo, through the sale of his drawings, collages, scale models, lithographs and early works from the 1950s and 1960s. Christo's website site said there would be no sponsor and the materials would be recycled.
Christo will be required to put several mitigation measures into place for bighorn sheep, anglers, drivers, boaters and birds. Read about the mitigation measures.
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