The Gates (Project for Central Park, New York City), 1983

Pencil, wax crayon, charcoal, enamel paint, pastel with fabric and map collage, in two parts
Signed and dated upper right, Christo 1983
28 x 71 cm (11 x 28 inches); 56 x 71 cm (22 x 28 inches) Provenance: Private collection, Madrid, acquired directly from the artist’s studio in 1984 This work is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity signed by Jonathan Henery on behalf of the Estate of Christo V. Javacheff. The two-part piece is a preparatory work for π˜›π˜©π˜¦ 𝘎𝘒𝘡𝘦𝘴 (π˜—π˜³π˜°π˜«π˜¦π˜€π˜΅ 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘊𝘦𝘯𝘡𝘳𝘒𝘭 π˜—π˜’π˜³π˜¬, π˜•π˜¦π˜Έ 𝘠𝘰𝘳𝘬 𝘊π˜ͺ𝘡𝘺), made by Christo with his wife Jeanne-Claude. Christo and Jeanne-Claude were a unique couple who created large-scale installations in public and natural spaces around the world. π˜›π˜©π˜¦ 𝘎𝘒𝘡𝘦𝘴 was one of the ambitious ephemeral public art projects they worked on from 1979 until 2005. 7,503 fabric panels were finally completed on 12th February 2005. Over 600 workers were involved in assembling the gates and free-hanging saffron fabric panels, and more than 5 million people saw the installation. Courtesy Stern Pissarro Gallery.
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