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Making of 50 Years of Art: The Work of Christo Javacheff!

 Born in Bulgaria in 1937, Christo Vladimirov Javacheff left his homeland at age 20 and set off on a journey across Europe. He began his foray into the art world alongside his wife, Jeanne-Claude Denat de Guillebon, with a piece titled “Iron Curtain”. This piece consisted of 240 barrels blocking an alley, created as a poetic response to the Berlin Wall. This was the first of many incredible art projects imagined by this incredible duo, based on sketches made by Christo. The couple continued to produce pieces under the name “Christo” before later on taking up the name “Christo and Jeanne-Claude”. 

The work of Christo and his wife have been gorgeous large scale projects that often involve wrapping different architectural marvels of the world in various fabrics or building structures using unique materials, like “The Gates” in Central Park, made entirely from nylon fabric. On June 1, 2020, the world said good-bye to this incredible talent, 11 years after the passing of his wife. His contribution to the development and promotion of unique, unconventional, and truly out-of-the-box art cannot and will not be forgotten so long as his wondrous works continue to stand. Christo’s art pieces, like the ones collected below, are spread far and wide across the planet, and their sheer scale will astound and, hopefully, inspire you!

 

1. Reichstag building Wrapped, 1995

The incredible unique and monumental works of of wrapped art by Christo and Jeanne Claude, a tribute to Artist Christo who died 1st June, 2020, Reichstag building Wrapped, 1995

(By qwesy qwesy, Wikimedia Commons)  

 

2. Valley Curtain, wrapped across the Colorado Mountains, 1972 

The incredible unique and monumental works of of wrapped art by Christo and Jeanne Claude, a tribute to Artist Christo who died 1st June, 2020, Valley Curtain, wrapped across the Colorado Mountains, 1972

(By Bill Gillette, Wikimedia Commons)  

 

3. The Floating Piers at the island of San Paolo, installed in 2016

The incredible unique and monumental works of of wrapped art by Christo and Jeanne Claude, a tribute to Artist Christo who died 1st June, 2020, The Floating Piers at the island of San Paolo, installed in 2016

(By NewtonCourt, Wikimedia Commons)  

 

4. Another view at the Floating Piers

The incredible unique and monumental works of of wrapped art by Christo and Jeanne Claude, a tribute to Artist Christo who died 1st June, 2020, The Floating Piers at the island of San Paolo, installed in 2016

(By Marcio De Assis, Wikimedia Commons)  

 

5. The London Mastaba, in the waters of Serpentine Lake in Hyde Park, installed in 2018

The incredible unique and monumental works of of wrapped art by Christo and Jeanne Claude, a tribute to Artist Christo who died 1st June, 2020, The London Mastaba, in the waters of Serpentine Lake in Hyde Park, installed in 2018

(Flickr)  

 

6. Big Air Package, the largest ever inflated envelope without a skeleton, 2013

The incredible unique and monumental works of of wrapped art by Christo and Jeanne Claude, a tribute to Artist Christo who died 1st June, 2020, Big Air Package, the largest ever inflated envelope without a skeleton, 2013

(Flickr)  

 

7. The Umbrella Project in Japan, 1991 

The incredible unique and monumental works of of wrapped art by Christo and Jeanne Claude, a tribute to Artist Christo who died 1st June, 2020, Umbrella Project in Japan, 1991

(By Dddeco, Wikimedia Commons)  

 

8. The Gates at Central Park, New York City, 2005

The incredible unique and monumental works of of wrapped art by Christo and Jeanne Claude, a tribute to Artist Christo who died 1st June, 2020, The Gates at Central Park, New York City, 2005

(Flickr)  

 

9. A Different Perspective at The Gates at Central Park

The incredible unique and monumental works of of wrapped art by Christo and Jeanne Claude, a tribute to Artist Christo who died 1st June, 2020, The Gates at Central Park, New York City, 2005

(By Morris Pearl, Wikimedia Commons)

10. Pont Neuf Wrapped, Paris, 1985 

The incredible unique and monumental works of of wrapped art by Christo and Jeanne Claude, a tribute to Artist Christo who died 1st June, 2020, Pont Neuf Wrapped, Paris, 1985

(By Airair, Wikimedia Commons)  

 

11. Christo Exhibition at Würth La Rioja Museum, Agoncillo, La Rioja, Spain  

The incredible unique and monumental works of of wrapped art by Christo and Jeanne Claude, a tribute to Artist Christo who died 1st June, 2020, Christo Exhibition at Würth La Rioja Museum, Agoncillo, La Rioja, Spain

(By Zarateman, Wikimedia Commons)  

 

12. Running Fence & Watson School Regional Historic Park, Sonoma County, California 

The incredible unique and monumental works of of wrapped art by Christo and Jeanne Claude, a tribute to Artist Christo who died 1st June, 2020, Running Fence & Watson School Regional Historic Park, Sonoma County, California

(By Cullen328, Wikimedia Commons)  

 

13. Surrounded Islands, 1983 

 

14. Wrapped Coast in Sydney, Australia, 1969

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