Reading the info on the website posted by Tom about The Gates project, it states that significant merchandising rights were donated by Christo's company to a NYC nature non-profit. If the same were done on the Ark project, there could be significant positive impacts for the Ark River Trust, Colorado Whitewater Association, and other non-profits. Every time a poster or post card with this image would be sold, money could go to organization(s) to help protect rivers, improve access, and benefit the WW community.
The money being talked about as contributed to the local economy for one season of construction and removal efforts would be a drop in the bucket compared to the long term merchandising potential created. This seems like a potential BIG win-win for everyone in the private boating community.
Hopefully someone at the Ark River Trust can talk with these folks, and see what the potential is here. I suspect there could be some type of agreement where a third-party company could administer all the merchandising rights, and then just write a check to our non-profit groups once or twice a year.
In addition to these potential benefits, it sounds like the Christo group is very aware of property rights, clean up, and project removal. The website talks about rafting under the fabric with out issue, and it appears by the sketches that safety at the river bank could be easily addressed. With the constraints discussed, it sounds to me like the location is down by Spikebuck where the canyon is tight and the road is directly by the river, or possibly up by Cotopaxi.
Why not?? I'll give it a float, and buy a few post cards to boot.