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Counterplas was formed in 1980, and specialised in bespoke printing for the tobacco and brewery industries. The Company was based in Swadlincote, and invested in rotary and silk screen printing machines as well as hot foiling.

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Bulgarian conceptual artist Christo has launched his newest installation, The Floating Piers, on Lake Iseo in northern Italy.

The installation, which opened on Saturday, sees bright orange floating walkways connect two islands in the lake to the mainland, stretching 5.5 kilometres long and 16 metres wide and made up of 220,000 plastic cubes.

“In that lake is the tallest mountain island in Europe […]. Two thousand people live on it. And to go to the mainland, they have no bridge. […] For 16 days they will walk on the water!” Christo told The Telegraph.

Christo, whose full name is Christo Javacheff, is well-known for his large-scale actions, including Wrapped Reichstag (completed in 1995), in which Christo covered Berlin’s Reichstag building with 100,000 square metres of silver-grey fabric, together with his late wife Jeanne-Claude.

The Floating Piers will be open 24 hours a day until 3 July.

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