Even at first blush, it was clear that "The Gates" is a work of pure joy, a vast populist spectacle of good will and simple eloquence, the first great public art event of the 21st century. It remains on view for just 16 days. Consider yourself forewarned. Time is fleeting.
The Times also has a special section with all of its coverage. One of the parents from my school is in New York working on the project. She was part of an installation team.