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Judge puts hold on Christo's Arkansas River art project
This artist's drawing provided by Christo shows an image of a proposed art project by artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude that would suspend 5.9 miles of silvery, translucent fabric above parts of the Arkansas River in southern Colorado. AP Photo/Christo.
DENVER (AP).- A federal judge has ruled that the artist Christo cannot begin construction of his Arkansas River project in Colorado until a lawsuit seeking to block it is decided.

The Pueblo Chieftain reports (http://tinyurl.com/8sdw9m9) U.S. District Judge John Kane on Wednesday also granted a request by Christo's company to intervene in the lawsuit. Intervening allows Christo to protect his interests by joining the U.S. Bureau of Land Management as a defendant.

Rags Over the Arkansas River Inc., which opposes Christo's Over the River project, sued the BLM in February to block it.

Christo wants to hang nearly six miles' worth of luminous fabric for two weeks above parts of a 42-mile stretch of the Arkansas River between Canon City and Salida. He acknowledged in July that opponents' legal challenges would delay the project.


Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.



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