All right, now I am finding the negative reactions and they all harp on the color. If I had read these oringially, I probably would have enjoyed the Gates more. This comes from the NY Post (Should that bother me? It doesn't.) via Gawker:
It's enough of a sin that "The Gates" overpowers Central Park's soaring, hypnotic beauty. But the color of these bed sheets, plunked down on metal frames every 12 feet throughout the park, is so atrocious that the project's creators ought to be charged with assault.
Christo and Jeanne-Claude claim that the hue of the weirdly pleated cloth is "saffron." But, as any American junior-high-school kid will tell you, the precise shade is "vomit orange."
Also, Christy alerted me to this in The Washington Post.