Using Flickr's unique photo sharing platform, the Institute for the Future of the Book will gather pictures of the Gates from anyone and everyone who wants to contribute. The aim is to harness the creativity and insight of thousands to build a kind of collective memory machine - one that is designed not just for the moment, but as a lasting and definitive document of the Gates and our experience of them. 7,500 gates in Central Park made for infinite views and infinite ways to shoot a picture. As one observer said, there were as many views of the Gates as footsteps in the park. In that spirit, there is no pre-determined shape for this project, other than that it will be online and constantly evolving according to the contributions, suggestions and innovations of participants.
The Gates Memory Project uses the photo sharing website Flickr to create a public and collective memory of the public art exhibit "the Gates" created by Christo and Jeanne-Claude and on view in New York City's Central Park for sixteen days in February, 2005. Anyone and everyone is invited to add their photos to the project by putting them on Flickr and include them in the project by using the tag "gatesmemory." The Institute of the Future also hosts a blog to discuss how the collected images will be used and presented.