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NYC Art Project Uses Fabric Woven On Dornier Machines

The Gates, a temporary art installation by renowned artists Christo and Jean-Claude, was set up in New York City's Central Park earlier this year. The piece consisted of 7,503 rectangular saffron-colored recyclable nylon fabric panel-covered arches installed in long rows over walkways and footpaths.

The panels were woven on a 360-centimeter-wide PTV-type weaving machine from Germany-based Lindauer Dornier GmbH. The PTV model was the only machine capable of producing the panels because it features rigid rapiers and positively controlled center transfer, which reliably produces such high-strength fabrics, according to Dornier.

J. Schilgen GmbH and Co. KG, a Germany-based developer and producer of technical fabrics, and processor of natural and man-made yarns, delivered the panels.

The project remained in the park for 16 days. After its removal, the materials, including 116,389 miles of nylon thread woven into 1,067,330 square feet of fabric, were recycled.

June 2005