30 Sep Pic(k) of the week 39: THE LAST CHRISTO – L’ Arc de Triomphe Wrapped, Paris

Source: Bjorn Moerman

Christo Vladimirof Javacheff and Jeanne-Claude Denat de Guillebon, were an artist couple known for their large scale, site specific environmental installations all over the world. Three of the more famous installations by Christo and Jeanne-Claude, were the wrapped Reichstag in Berlin, Pont Neuf wrapped in Paris and The Gates in New York city’s Central Park; all art works which typically only remain in place for a couple of weeks. 

Three years after they first met in the late fifties, Christo and Jeanne-Claude started thinking about wrapping a large public building. At that time Bulgarian born Christo, was living in a small space close to the Arc de Triomphe in Paris; a building he always was attracted to. In 1962, he started playing with the idea to wrap this famous Parisian monument but the idea stalled a few years later after he realized the project was probably too bold to ever be approved. 

After his wife passed in 2009, he kept on working on new projects but also kept coming back to the wrapping of the Arc de Triomphe monument. In 2017 he finally applied for formal approval for the project and was very surprised to actually receive it! 

Initially planned for 2019, first a few falcons nesting on top the of monument delayed the project and then there was of course the pandemic. On September 18 2021, after several weeks of first protecting and then wrapping up the building, the art installation was complete. In total 25.000 square meter recyclable silver blue polypropylene and 3000m of recyclable red robe were used. The colors emulate the French flag. It can be seen for

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