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‘L’Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped’ is now open to the public

Giant sheets of fabric have been draped over the Arc de Triomphe monument in Paris, in tribute to a late artist’s unfulfilled dream.

Work has now finished on the late Christo’s unfulfilled intervention for the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. The famous monument has been wrapped with 25,000 square metres of recyclable polypropylene fabric in silvery blue with 3,000 metres of red rope. The temporary artwork ‘L’Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped’ will only remain on display for 16 days until October 3rd.

The artists, Christo and his French wife, Jeanne-Claude, who had first imagined L’Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped in 1962, were not there to see it. The Bulgarian-born Christo Vladimirov Javacheff died in May 2020, while his wife died in 2009. Christo, who wrapped the Reichstag in Berlin, left precisely detailed drawings and instructions of how he wanted the wrapped arch to look.

Due to the death of Christo last year, the installation was carried out by his team along with the Centre des Monuments Nationaux, Centre Pompidou and the City of Paris. It was funded solely through the sale of original work by the duo, reflecting their mission to retain complete artistic freedom.

Images: Lubri © 2021 Christo and Jeanne-Claude Foundation

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