Here is the New York Times on The Gates:
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.
Here is the Washington Post:
Ho-Hum. They’re way, way better than the pandas, pigs, cows and other fiberglass tchotchkes that have "decorated" our cities over the past decade. But it’s only a difference of quality, not kind.