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Modern art: the Arc de Triomphe Wrapped, by Christo

Posted on2 Years ago

It is a wrap!

The 84-year old Bulgarian artist Christo, in close collaboration with the Centre des Monuments Nationaux and the Centre Pompidou, will create a temporary artwork in Paris entitled L'Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped (Project for Paris, Place de l'Étoile – Charles de Gaulle). This work of art dates actually back to 1962 and you will be able to see it for 16 days only from Saturday, September 19 to Sunday, October 4, 2020. The Arc de Triomphe will be wrapped in 25,000 square meters (nearly 270,000 square feet of it held together with about 23,000 feet of red rope) of recyclable polypropylene fabric in silvery blue.

35 years ago, Christo & his wife Jeanne-Claude (who passed away in 2009) had already wrapped the Pont Neuf, the oldest bridge in Paris

You might wonder: why wrap the Arc ? Probably because first of all, the project seems crazy and looks impossible to do due to the size of the monument. Then it is also probably a tribute to the wife's artist, Jeanne-Claude. Finally, iContinue reading the main storyt will coincide with an exhibition at the Pompidou Center, planned for March 18 through June 15, 2020 that looks back on Jeanne-Claude and Christo’s early years in Paris.

So, what do you think about this project?

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