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A Tribute to Christo

Christo Vladimirov Javacheff, the artist known for his large scale environmental art installations, passed away at 84 years old on May 31, 2020, at his home in New York City. Most of his projects were created with his long-time associate and wife Jeanne-Claude Denat de Guillebon. Christo’s death was announced on his official social media accounts. 

Throughout the years, he had mastered the art of transforming public spaces, nature and large landmarks.

Maybe you remember The Gates in New York City's Central Park from 2005 or the wrapping of the Pont-Neuf in Paris in 1985?

Pont-Neuf wrapping

Always monumental, often controversial, the Bulgarian-born artist’s work gathered professionals around the world to contribute to his vision. It took ten years to Christo and Jeanne-Claude to realize the wrapping of Paris famous bridge the Pont-Neuf and twenty-six for The Gates. Their work was not only impressive for his physical dimension but also for the time it took them to carefully bring their idea to reality and the incredible teams they had to build around it.

The Gates

Unfortunately, Christo has departed this world before he had the chance to attend the Arc de Triomphe wrapping he had worked on. Postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the installations should still be implemented in fall 2021.

Pompidou museum will also feature an exhibition on the work of Christo and Jeanne-Claude. Initially planned to open in March, it will open this July 1st. These are two incredible opportunities for us to celebrate Christo's career and artwork as well as to say goodbye to this artist.