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Title: Christo and Jean-Claude

The wrap artists
Christo and Jean-Claude
Both born on June 13 1935 Jean-Claude says next
June 13 we will be 140 years old Met after
Christo was commissioned to paint Jean-clauds
family. They have a 44 year-old son (a poet)
Christo is a refugee from communist
Bulgaria Jean-Claude a stepdaughter of a French
1963 Establishment of permanent residence in New
York City.Store Fronts and Show Windows
All projects by the artists have all been
financed in a similar manner through the sale of
the studies, preparatory drawings, collages,
scale models, early works, and original
lithographs. The artists do not accept any
when we met, I was not an artist, says
Jean-Claude. I became an artist only for love
of Christo. If he had been a dentist, I would
have become a dentist.
For over 40 years they have created 18
monumental, ephemeral installations around the
1961Project for the Wrapping of a Public
BuildingStacked Oil Barrels, Dockside Packages
at Cologne Harbor. 1962Iron Curtain-Wall of
Oil Barrels, Rue Visconti, Paris, 1961-62
1966 Air Package 1966. Stedelijk van
Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, The Netherlands. 42,390
Cubicfeet Package 1966 at the Walker Art Center
and the Minneapolis School of Art.
Earlier Works
1968 Wrapped Kunsthalle Berne. Wrapped Fountain
and Wrapped Medieval Tower, 1,240 Oil Barrels
Mastaba, and Two Tons of Stacked Hay
1969Wrapped Museum of Contemporary Art,
Mostly known works
crossed fourteen roads and the town of Valley
Ford, leaving passage for cars, cattle and
wildlife, and was designed to be viewed by
following forty miles of public roads.
Running Fence, CA 1972-76
The art project consisted of forty-two months of
collaborative efforts, the ranchers'
participation, eighteen public hearings, three
sessions at the Superior Courts of California,
the drafting of a four-hundred and fifty page
Environmental Impact Report and the temporary use
of hills, the sky and the Ocean.
Sonoma and Martin County
North of San Francisco, on the private properties
of fifty-nine ranchers, following rolling hills
and dropping down to the Pacific Ocean at Bodega
Bay, was completed on September 10, 1976.
Surrounded Island 1980-83
The fabric was sewn into 79 patterns to follow
the contours of the 11 islands
For 2 weeks, spread 7 miles the luminous pink
color of the shiny fabric was in harmony with the
tropical vegetation of the uninhabited verdant
In 1987, Surrounded Islands by Christo and
Jeanne-Claude made headlines because of the
environmental damage the piece was thought to
have caused in Biscayne Bay, adjacent to Miami,
Miami, FL
The wrap covered The sides and vaults of the
twelve arches, without hindering river traffic.
The parapets down to the ground. The sidewalks
and curbs (pedestrians walked on the fabric)
Pont Neuf Wrapped 1985
group of 300 professional workers completed the
temporary work of art. They had deployed 40,876
square meters of fabric
All the street lamps on both sides of the bridge.
The vertical part of the embankment of the
western tip of the Ile de la Cité. The esplanade
of the "Vert-Galant".
The Umbrellas, free standing dynamic modules,
reflected the availability of the land in each
valley, creating an invitational inner space, as
houses without walls, or temporary settlements
and related to the ephemeral character of the
work of art. In the precious and limited space of
Japan, The Umbrellas were positioned intimately,
close together and sometimes following the
geometry of the rice fields. In the luxuriant
vegetation enriched by water year round, The
Umbrellas were blue.
The removal started on October 27 and the land
was restored to its original condition. The
Umbrellas were taken apart and all elements were
1,340 blue umbrellas in Ibaraki, Japan
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In the California vastness of uncultivated
grazing land, the configuration of the umbrellas
was whimsical and spreading in every direction.
The brown hills are covered by blond grass, and
in that dry landscape, The Umbrellas were yellow.
From October 9th, 1991 for a period of
eighteen days, The Umbrellas were seen,
approached, and enjoyed by the public, either by
car from a distance and closer as they bordered
the roads, or by walking under The Umbrellas in
their luminous shadows.
1,760 yellow umbrellas in California
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Wrapped Reichstag
Development of the project started in 1971
Cost 15.2 million dollars
The project brought spectators from all over the
world-Woodstock East
For a period of two weeks, the richness of the
silvery fabric, shaped by the blue ropes,created
a sumptuous flow of vertical folds highlighting
the features and proportions of the imposing
structure, revealing the essence of the
The Gates 2005
For two weeks in February, walkways in Central
Park will be festooned with 23 miles of
saffron-colored fabric gates by the artists
Christo and Jeanne-Claude in a public art project
they have sought to do for 23 years.
Central Park N.Y.
16 days!
21 million dollars
7,500 vinyl gates, with free-flowing nylon fabric
panels, anchored to 15,000 steel bases on 37
kilometers (twenty-three miles) of walkways
Project saves steel plant from closing!
Infromation on The artists earlier works,
retrieved March 10, 2005
ieland/ 2004/11/christo_to_wrap.html
The Gates, retrieved March 20, 2005
Artists biography, retrieved March 10, 2005 art400/RUNNING.GIF
Surrounded Island, retrieved March 20,
2005 ../Default.htm
Pont Neuf, retrieved March 20, 2005 artists/live6.html
The Umbrellas, retrieved March 20,
2005 pn.html
Wrapped Reichstag, retrieved march 20,
2005 2002/christo/
Picture of the artist, retrieved March 20, 2005 m/tt/57eb/
Wallach, Ai. (2005 February). Christo does
central park. Smithsonian, 84-89
The End