Gothamist Weather's Joe Schumacher visited Central Park to see the nascent beginning of Christo and Jeanne-Claude's The Gates. He writes that the orange plastic guides around the steel footings (soon to be bases of the gates) don't seem to be permanent; Gothamist actually likes how they look, because it seems very whimsical to have these lining all the walkways instead. Not that we aren't waiting eagerly for February 12, when The Gates will be installed.

The Gates' engineer, Vince Davenport, who has worked with Christo on many projects, admits to the NY Times that swathing and securing 23 miles of Central Park in fabric is "a logistical nightmare." Find out more from the city's site about The Gates.