Christo had dreamed of it: the packaging of the Arc de Triomphe. It was inaugurated this Thursday by Emmanuel Macron. The French President, accompanied by the Minister of Culture and the Mayor of Paris, came to meet the relatives of the American artist of Bulgarian origin, Christo and his French wife Jeanne-Claude, who died in 2009 and 2020. .
The last time that Christo had packed a Parisian monument, it was the Pont Neuf, in 1985. This time 25,000 m2 of silver fabric and 3,000 meters of red rope were necessary for the creation of this colossal work.
Emannuel Macron gave a quick speech on the roof of the monument: “Obviously, at the moment, we all have a thought for Christo and Jeanne-Claude. And I think he would have been extremely moved to see what you have all finalized together, because what we are witnessing is the fulfillment of a sixty year dream “.
To make it easier for the public to get to the scene, Place de l’Etoile will be closed to traffic every weekend until October 3, date of the dismantling of the work.