A project imagined by Bulgarian-born artist Vladimirov Javacheff Christo, who died last year, and his late wife and collaborator Jeanne-Claude, is achieved now in Paris. The two artists were known for their large-scale, site-specific environmental installations, often large landmarks and landscape elements wrapped in fabric, as a form of art, including The Pont Neuf, Running Fence in California, the Reichstag in Berlin , The Gates in New York City’s Central Park and many others.. Their purpose was for joy, beauty, and as new ways of seeing the familiar. As an example, only The Pont Neuf Wrapped attracted three million visitors. Now, over the next few days, The Arc de Triomphe in Paris is to be wrapped in 30,000 square meters of recyclable polypropylene fabric in silvery blue and 7,000 meters (23,000 feet) of red rope.
The project has finally been brought to life by Christo’s nephew, Vladimir Javacheff, at a cost of about €14m (£11.9m; $16.54m). He collaborated with the Pompidou museum and French authorities. The installation will remain in place until 3 October. We can say Christo has an obsession, to wrap things but it is only the appearance. In his artistic formation, during his life, Christo met the protagonists of the European and American avantgarde, including Karlheinz Stockhausen, John Cage, Joseph Beuys, and Nam June Paik. Under the influence of a progressive art scene that was busily exploding all conventions, Christo began to “appropriate” everyday objects, to deprive them of their function in artistic experiments. He took a decisive step towards the later large-scale projects conceptually in the early 1960s and developed idea after idea until he and his art became recognoscible in the world.