Now 82, and without Jeanne-Claude (who passed away in 2009), Christo explained to Standard Culture that the answer was simple: “In practice, the Florida manatee prefer to stay under the pink fabric, and by staying under the pink fabric, the manatee develop mating instincts.”
The artists, of course, had planned for everything. Over two years, they negotiated with the city, backed up by a team of attorneys, marine biologists, ornithologists, mammal experts, engineers, and builders. But Miami, as cities do, suddenly began to have second thoughts. “Who were these strange European artists, anyway? And what exactly did they think they were doing in Miami?” The Europeans, of course, were the fiercely determined husband-and-wife art duo creating massive interventions in the landscape using the environment as a canvas.