The packaging of the Arc de Triomphe according to Christo

When contemporary art comes up against the era of ecological anti-waste time … Several hundred square meters of recyclable fabric, in bluish silver polypropylene, were unrolled this Sunday on one side of the Arc de Triomphe, operation launching the final stretch of the packaging of the Parisian monument according to the wishes of the artist Christo, who died in May 2020 and his wife Jeanne-Claude.

“We all know that this was entirely designed by Christo down to the smallest detail. We owe it to ourselves to do it with this thoroughness. And I’m probably one of the few people who really knows these details, because I’ve been around him. I kept talking to him about it for so long. So we have to make sure that everything is really as Christo wanted it to be. “ an expliqué Vladimir Yavachev, iveu de Christo.

By the end of the week, and until October 3, this high place of French commemorations will be completely transformed into a gigantic gift package, held together by 3,000 m of red rope.

In column of the daily Le Monde, the architect Carlo Ratti, one of Christo’s friends, however, called to give up “the aesthetics of high-waste packaging” for environmental reasons. Christo’s nephew, contacted by AFP, did not wish to react.

At a cost of 14 million euros, this project is entirely self-financed, without public subsidy, thanks to the sale of original works by Christo, preparatory drawings, souvenirs, models and lithographs.

In 1985, Christo had already packed the Pont-Neuf, spanning the Seine in Paris.

At the time, ecological awareness was not relevant when it came to Art.

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