Friday, February 12, 2010

Christo and Jeanne-Claude

The temporary large-scale environmental works (both urban and rural environments) have elements of painting, sculpture, architecture and urban planning. For instance the Surrounded Islands, Biscayne Bay, Greater Miami, Florida,1980-83. could be seen as giant flat paintings (shaped canvases). Our projects are discussed and argued about, pro and con, before they are realized. To understand our work one must realize what is inherent to each project. However there is an important diffrence between our works of art and the usual architecture and urban planning, we are our own sponsors and we pay for our works of art with our own money, never accepting any grants nor sponsors.
Surrounded Island, Biscayne Bay, FL
1980-83
(585,000 square meters of pink woven polypropylene fabric)

Reichstag, Germany
1995
(100,000 meters of fireproof polypropylene fabric)
The Umbrellas, California
1984-91
(Total of 1760 Umbrellas and 18 miles long)

1 comment:

  1. I've wondered where the ideas come from....I think Cristo must have a mind that works like the mind of an oblique cartoonist. They see things most of us would never think of imagining.

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