Christo’s Arc de Triomphe Wrap Nears Completion
Made with silver and blue polypropylene, the project will be completed and revealed to the public on Saturday 18 September.
Fabric panels being unfurled in front of the outer walls of the Arc de Triomphe Paris, September 12, 2021. Photo: Matthias Koddenberg. Courtesy Christo and Jeanne-Claude Foundation.
Thirty thousand square metres of silver and blue polypropylene have been draped over the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France. Christo's installation will be secured with 7,000 metres of red rope and then revealed to the public in its finished form on Saturday 18 September.
Husband and wife art duo Christo Vladimirov Javacheff and Jeanne-Claude Denat de Guillebon made their names wrapping landmarks and landscapes including the Pont Neuf in Paris and the Reichstag in Berlin.
Jeanne-Claude passed away in 2009, and Christo died last year, but his office was determined to realise the work.
The project was funded entirely by Christo's estate through the sale of preparatory drawings and models made for the Arc de Triomphe wrap, along with sales of other works by the artist.
The Arc de Triomphe will remain wrapped until Sunday 3 October. —[O]