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Eight key projects by Christo and Jeanne Claude

We round up eight of Christo and the late Jeanne-Claude’s most arresting temporary art interventions from the past 50 years, as their first major UK sculpture is unveiled in London.

Photo by Wolfgang Volz © 1983 Christo
Photo by Wolfgang Volz © 1983 Christo

Following the sad news that Christo has died, here are eight key projects by the Bulgarian artist and his late partner Jeanne Claude.

This article was originally published when Christo and Jeanne Claude’s London Mastaba sculpture was unveiled in 2018.

At the time, Christo spoke to Dezeen about his life and career in a series of two exclusive video interviews. In the first movie, the artist explained how the giant London Mastaba installation was the culmination of over 60 years of working with stacked barrels. In the second, he looked back at some of his and Jeanne Claude’s most ambitious projects.

The art duo are famous for their large scale pieces that involve wrapping landmark buildings and landscapes in huge amounts of fabric, or creating temporary structures from colourful oil barrels.

Despite the best efforts of critics to ascribe specific meaning to their work, the artists always insisted that their pieces are simply about experiencing the artwork in the moment, in the context of its environment.

Christo and Jeanne-Claude looking for a possible site for The Mastaba in February 1982. Photo by Wolfgang Volz © 1982 Christo
Christo and Jeanne-Claude looking for a possible site for The Mastaba in February 1982. Photo by Wolfgang Volz © 1982 Christo

Surrounded Islands, Biscayne Bay, Greater Miami, Florida, 1983

Using 603,870 square metres of luminous pink fabric selected to compliment the shallow waters and Miami skies, the artists surrounded a series of islands in Biscayne Bay.

Having obtained permission from government agencies, they and created floating rafts of fabric attached to octagonal, pink-painted booms that were towed into place, unfurled and anchored in place.

For the two weeks that Surrounded Islands were on display 120 people in inflatable boats monitored the work. When it was removed the location was in better condition than when they started, thanks to the team removing some 40 tons of rubbish that had washed up on the islands or was floating around it.

Read on >>>> Source: Dezeen Eight key projects by Christo and Jeanne Claude

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