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DU Students Sue “Over the River”


DENVER–Law students are suing installation artist Christo’s “Over the River” art project on behalf of a group claiming the project raises environmental issues.

The $50 million installation art exhibit, expected to be completed in August 2014, will suspend eight sections of translucent, shimmery fabric panels over a 42-mile stretch of the Arkansas River. The project gained approval from the Bureau of Land Management in November, and is believed to be the first art project requiring an environmental impact statement.

University of Denver Sturm College of Law students Mason Brown and Justine Shepherd are filing the lawsuit in federal court on behalf of grassroots organization Rags Over the Arkansas River, or ROAR, which opposes the project on environmental grounds. The students will be supervised by attorney and DU Law Professor Michael Harris.