Known for his monumental works of art, Christo is set to return in the fall with plans to wrap a notable Paris landmark: the Arc de Triomphe. In close collaboration with the Centre des Monuments Nationaux and the Centre Pompidou, Christo will create a temporary artwork in Paris entitled “L’Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped,“ for which he will warp the famous arch in 25,000 square meters of recyclable polypropylene fabric in silvery blue, and 7,000 meters of red rope.
Christo, together with his late wife Jeanne-Claude, were regarded for their dynamic artwork, producing some of the many visually impressive designs from “The London Mastaba,” which was a temporary floating installation on The Serpentine in London, to the “Wrapped Reichstag” in Berlin, Germany. Both artists are the subject of an upcoming exhibition at the Centre Pompidou, Christo and Jeanne-Claude Paris!, which will include the couple’s work from between 1958 and 1964, when they lived in Paris. The exhibition will run from March 18 to June 15, 2020, ahead of the Arc de Triomphe’s unveiling.
This year’s “Wrapped” project holds sentimental meaning to the artist, symbolizing his long years in Paris with Jeanne-Claude. In 1961, three years after they met in the City of Lights, Christo and Jeanne-Claude began creating works of art in public spaces, including wrapping a building. At the time, Christo was living in a small room near the Arc de Triomphe. In 1962, he studied the building thoroughly, creating a photomontage of the Arc de Triomphe wrapped, seen from the Avenue Foch. Now, about 60 years later, the project will finally come to fruition.
The Arc will be covered with silver-blue polypropylene fabric secured by red rope. Tourists can still use the tunnel under the rotary to reach the plaza at the base of the arch, and the eternal flame in front of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier will be untouched.
The work of art will be on view for 16 days from September 19 to October 4, 2020. Originally, the Arc de Triomphe was to be wrapped while the Centre Pompidou exhibition was running, but this was postponed to accommodate the kestrel falcons that nest atop the landmark every spring.
“Thirty-five years after Jeanne-Claude and I wrapped the Pont-Neuf, I am eager to work in Paris again to realize our project for the Arc de Triomphe,” said Christo.END
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