Born on the same day in 1935 in Gabrovo, Bulgaria and Casablanca, Morocco respectively, Christo and his late wife Jeanne-Claude, who died in 2009, began their collaboration in 1961 with their first outdoor temporary work Stacked Oil Barrels and Dockside Packages, Cologne Harbor (1961). A selection of their many celebrated public projects include Surrounded Islands, Biscayne Bay, Greater Miami, Florida (1980–1983); Wrapped Coast, One Million Square Feet, Little Bay, Sydney, Australia (1968–1969); Valley Curtain, Grand Hogback, Rifle, Colorado (1970–1972); Running Fence, Sonoma and Marin Counties, California (1972–1976); Wrapped Reichstag, Berlin (1971–1995); The Gates, Central Park, New York City (1979–2005); and more recently The Floating Piers, Lake Iseo, Italy (2014–2016) and The London Mastaba, Serpentine Lake, Hyde Park (2016–2018).Read More
All of Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s projects are free and open to public, and are paid for through the sale of Christo’s original works of art. This process has allowed the artists full creative control and to freely pursue their singular aesthetic vision. Though they comprise an expansive array of materials and have occurred in diverse places around the world, all of Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s projects share a common impermanence—re-envisioning their environment, allowing viewers to see spaces with a new consciousness that lasts long after the work of art is removed.
Text courtesy Pace Gallery.
It was 50 years ago, but Penelope Seidler still recalls how she got involved in Wrapped Coast, the first Kaldor Public Art Project. 'I can remember John coming back from a trip and he said "Christo w
LONDON—In one sense, The London Mastaba, a temporary floating sculpture by Christo newly installed in Hyde Park’s Serpentine Lake, is about nothing. Like much of Christo’s work it is purely a visual
An 83-year-old Christo was late to our interview in February. He was busy traipsing across Kensington Gardens, battling sideways rain, scouting potential locations for The London Mastaba, which was
Wearing a hard hat and a cargo jacket, the artist Christo stood on a platform looking over the Serpentine lake one April morning and watched his latest creation come to life. As ducks glided across th