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September 22, 1991 | DAVID COLKER
Traffic is a primary concern on the Christo umbrellas project, which runs along one of the most vital transportation corridors in the state--the Golden State Freeway. "The only thing for sure is that traffic will be worse than it is now, maybe much worse," said Sgt. Jack Skaggs of the California Highway Patrol. "We are hoping for the best, but preparing for the worst."
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October 28, 1991 | AMY PYLE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Crews struggled in high winds Sunday to close Christo's giant umbrellas after the artist ordered his bi-continental project to end four days early because of the death of an admirer who was crushed by an uprooted umbrella. About 7,000 disappointed gawkers were met by rows of furled umbrellas, billowing like golden ghosts that disappeared into the fog shrouding the mountaintops. Hundreds of other umbrellas had been tattered or toppled by wind gusts before workers could crank them shut.
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NEWS
October 28, 1991 | AMY PYLE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Crews struggled in high winds Sunday to close Christo's giant umbrellas after the artist ordered his bi-continental project to end four days early because of the death of an admirer who was crushed by an uprooted umbrella. About 7,000 disappointed gawkers were met by rows of furled umbrellas, billowing like golden ghosts that disappeared into the fog shrouding the mountaintops. Hundreds of other umbrellas had been tattered or toppled by wind gusts before workers could crank them shut.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 26, 1991
Artist Christo's latest temporary outdoor art project, "The Umbrellas," is on display through Oct. 30. Here is some help in viewing: Where: Along Interstate 5 for 18 miles north from intersection of California 138 to the bottom of the Grapevine in the San Joaquin Valley. Directions: Take I-5 north from Los Angeles, about 60 miles from downtown. Turn-arounds: At Quail Lake Road, Gorman, Frazier Park, Lebec and Ft. Tejon exits.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 26, 1991
Artist Christo's latest temporary outdoor art project, "The Umbrellas," is on display through Oct. 30. Here is some help in viewing: Where: Along Interstate 5 for 18 miles north from intersection of California 138 to the bottom of the Grapevine in the San Joaquin Valley. Directions: Take I-5 north from Los Angeles, about 60 miles from downtown. Turn-arounds: At Quail Lake Road, Gorman, Frazier Park, Lebec and Ft. Tejon exits.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 18, 1991 | JIM HERRON ZAMORA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Camarillo youth was killed Thursday when the stolen motorcycle on which he was fleeing police at speeds up to 140 m.p.h. slammed into the rear of a car on the Golden State Freeway carrying tourists to see Christo's umbrellas, the California Highway Patrol reported.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 21, 1991 | JIM HERRON ZAMORA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Like thousands of other people in Southern California, Fred Paredez has seen the 1,760 giant yellow umbrellas displayed by the artist Christo along Interstate 5 in Tejon Pass. But Paredez watches them only at night. "It's not the prettiest time to see the umbrellas, but some strange things happen here at night," said Paredez, head of the night security team for the Umbrellas Project. Paredez oversees about 80 employees who guard the umbrellas from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. daily.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 6, 1990 | LYNN O'SHAUGHNESSY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The people who live amid the hills of the Tejon Pass are getting art lessons in unexpected places lately. Two locals had just left a coffee shop in Gorman one morning last month when they bumped into Christo, the famous Bulgarian-born artist who scorns the use of his last name.
BOOKS
December 1, 1991 | David Colker
You've got to be a Christo fanatic, who loved the artist's massive "Umbrellas" project that stood in the Tejon Pass north of Los Angeles and in Japan--or have someone on your gift list who fits that profile--to buy this slim art book. Not that it isn't a nice book.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 18, 1991 | JIM HERRON ZAMORA
A Camarillo youth died Thursday during a police chase when the motorcycle he was driving slammed into the rear of a car on the Golden State Freeway, the California Highway Patrol reported. Jake Burchfield, 18, died at the scene seven miles north of Castaic. His passenger, a 14-year-old boy whose name was not released, was in critical condition at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital in Valencia with head injuries, the CHP said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 21, 1991 | JIM HERRON ZAMORA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Like thousands of other people in Southern California, Fred Paredez has seen the 1,760 giant yellow umbrellas displayed by the artist Christo along Interstate 5 in Tejon Pass. But Paredez watches them only at night. "It's not the prettiest time to see the umbrellas, but some strange things happen here at night," said Paredez, head of the night security team for the Umbrellas Project. Paredez oversees about 80 employees who guard the umbrellas from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. daily.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 18, 1991 | JIM HERRON ZAMORA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Camarillo youth was killed Thursday when the stolen motorcycle on which he was fleeing police at speeds up to 140 m.p.h. slammed into the rear of a car on the Golden State Freeway carrying tourists to see Christo's umbrellas, the California Highway Patrol reported.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 22, 1991 | DAVID COLKER
Traffic is a primary concern on the Christo umbrellas project, which runs along one of the most vital transportation corridors in the state--the Golden State Freeway. "The only thing for sure is that traffic will be worse than it is now, maybe much worse," said Sgt. Jack Skaggs of the California Highway Patrol. "We are hoping for the best, but preparing for the worst."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 6, 1990 | LYNN O'SHAUGHNESSY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The people who live amid the hills of the Tejon Pass are getting art lessons in unexpected places lately. Two locals had just left a coffee shop in Gorman one morning last month when they bumped into Christo, the famous Bulgarian-born artist who scorns the use of his last name.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 20, 1992
Christo's giant yellow umbrellas pumped millions of dollars into the economies of Los Angeles and Kern counties, according to a rough analysis for a state agency. The 17-day exhibit by the artist brought $19.1 million--a figure based primarily on Christo's financial records--to the two counties, creating a "ripple effect" with an impact of $34.3 million on their economies, said a study obtained by The Times Tuesday from the California Arts Council.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 19, 1991
A pilot and a fine arts instructor en route from Fullerton to fly over the Christo umbrellas project made an emergency landing Friday on a parking lot at the Magic Mountain amusement park. Pilot John Chambers and his passenger, Joyce Toy, both of Fullerton, were not injured in the 1 p.m. landing on the half-mile-long parking lot, authorities said. Chambers said the single-engine Cessna 150 began losing power as the aircraft flew north through the Newhall Pass.
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