Floating Island Says Saffron Not Its Color

As Robert Smithson's conceptual art piece "Floating Island" docked for the last time yesterday, its reign as New York's preeminent focus for inanity was briefly interrupted by a competing piece of conceptual art: A small motorboat containing a minature replica of this year's other major piece of high-profile absurdity, Jean-Claude and Christo's Gates. Alas, the mini-Gates did not find a home at the mini-park, but — at least for one day — we hated cheeky art students just a bit less.

A Miniature Gate in Hot Pursuit of a Miniature Central Park [NYT]