Monday, February 18, 2019
Writing Common Sense to Power
D. R. ZUKERMAN, proprietor
Gone is "The Gates"

MARCH 13, 2005 --

The last of "The Gates" was dismantled shortly after 11. a.m. on March 11. (Possibly 11.11a.m.?)

It was taken down in the east side of Central park, not far from the statue of Balto. The last dismantling did not attract the media. Only a few photographers were
present -- not including LPR who had left -- to put quarters in a parking meter on Madison Avenue at 72nd Street.

The work crew dismantled at a pace a bit
faster than LPR estimated. In return to the site, LPR got one of the earliest photos, if not the first, of the park bereft of any element of "The Gates."

A few hours after all of "The Gates" was gone, LPR went to the command center to photograph Vince and Jonita Davenport, the husband and wife team who turned into temporary reality Christo and Jeanne-Claude's vision of "The Gates" as work of art for Central Park.

Mr. Davenport, an engineer, was director of construction, and Mrs. Davenport served as project coordinator. The Davenports, from Leavenworth, Washington, have worked with Christo and Jeanne-Claude since 1989.

Vince and Jonita Davenport

Vince and Jonita Davenport

Their attention to detail -- and in the public interest -- is apparent from their work on "The Gates." LPR understands that this extraordinary couple plans to leave New York City in a few months to return home.

Not without an offer from the mayor to take senior posts in his administration, LPR hopes.

For the record, Mr. Davenport confirmed to LPR that the actual number of gates in "The Gates" was 7503.

A good-bye wave.

Crew coffee break.

Remembering "The Gates"



"Today, everything exists to end in a

The late Susan Sontag, from
On Photography, quoted in the January 24 issue of New York magazine -- which also carried an article on "The Gates."

One of the last to go …

Going …

Gates gone...

...existing, now, in photographs. (Photo shows Wollman Rink area of Central Park.)

Shana, wondering where "The Gates" are. (Shana is at a Wollman rink overlook in Central Park).

Another photo of the Wollman Rink area.

Leaving the park, March 11, LPR chatted with an east sider who seemed rueful that he did not have his camera to photograph the last of
"Ther Gates." He did tell LPR, however, that he went to every part of Central Park to see "The Gates,"
visiting places in the park he had never been to.

Asked if he had taken any photographs, he replied immediately, "hundreds."

Given the estimate of some 4 million visitors to "The Gates," how many millions of photographs permanently
record this temporary work of art?