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Christo and Jeanne-Claude are responsible for some of the most grandiose public art projects in modern times. If you don’t recall their names, you’ve certainly seen the duo’s headline grabbing works of art such as The Gates in NYC, Wrapped Reichstag in Berlin, and Wrapped Coast in Sydney – just to name a few.
The beautiful connection that existed between Christo and Jeanne-Claude is apparent in the way they worked, created, and constructed together. Their inspiration came entirely from within their two hearts and creative minds. Since Jean-Claude’s death in 2009 from a brain aneurysm Christo has completed one project, Floating Piers, but has many proposed projects in the future.
The two were known for creating “gentle disturbances” in nature, challenging our perception of beauty and offering us viewers a completely knew look at a scene we’ve looked at hundreds or thousands of times. Perhaps the most intriguing thing about their projects is that they are all temporary.
The radical idea that their art required years to realize, yet the finished project’s life span is limited to just days or weeks is unlike any other art being created in the world, now or throughout history. In an interview in 2003, Christo described their work as “Things in transition…airy…passing through.” For example, Valley Curtain (1972) lasted only 28 hours before winds tore it to shreds.
The poetry of their temporary work and the work Christo carries on draws us in even closer and makes us fall in love with an environment, even when we didn’t care much before. Here are some of our favorite completed works from Christo and Jeanne-Claude…