Monday, October 09, 2006

Christo and Jean-Claude to Wrap the Paddle Courts at Katherine Legge Memorial Park

The Village of Hinsdale announced Monday evening that the sculptors Christo and Jeanne-Claude have agreed to make the KLM paddle courts their next installation. The couple will wrap the four courts and light standards in a manner similar to their work on the Reichstag in 1995.

If these names sound familiar, it's likely you are recalling their installation of "The Gates" in Central Park in Manhattan in February 2005.

Upon hearing the announcement, Hinsdale paddlers were confounded. "How can a facility used by more than 700 residents suddenly be turned into an object d'arte? Where will we spend the terribly long winter months?"

Members of the Burr Ridge council were equally aghast. "Our hopes are dashed. We need a whole new way to pander to our voters on Laurie Lane. We can't possibly complain about KLM, now that the "abomination" has been turned into a great work of art? We'll sue the whole village and the sculptors. They cannot dare get away with this!"