380 Wrapped Trees (Project for Avenue des Champs Elysées and Rond Point des Champs Elysées Paris)
Plastic, twine, charcoal, gouache, tape and photograph collage on paper mounted on paperboard
71.1 x 55.8 cm
Over the River, Project for Arkansas River, State of Colorado, Parkdale Siding, #42
Graphite, gelatine silver photographs, pastel, coloured pencil on printed paper,
Work in two parts, 30.5 x 77.5 cm and 66.7 x 77.5 cm
The Gates (project for Central Park, New York City)
Pencil, wax crayon, email, tape and a photography by Wolfgang Volz
21.5 x 28 cm (in original frame)
Pastel, wax crayon, graphite and printed paper collage on paper
In two parts: 144.8 x 243.8 cm overall
Surrounded Islands (Project for Biscayne Bay)
Pencil, photograph, enamel paint, wax crayon and ballpoint pen on cardboard
Part I: - 72.39 x 28.57 x 3.81 cm. Inscribed 70A on the reverse. Framed.
Part II : 72.39 x 57.15 x 3.81 cm. Inscribed 70B on the reverse. Framed.
The Wall / Project for a Wrapped Roman Wall
Charcoal, graphite, pastel, fabric and threads on cardboard
Signed, titled and dated along the lower edge
70.5 x 55 cm.
Christo was born in 1935 in Bulgary. He is an environmental artist known for his outdoor sculptures and displays made of fabrics and plastics.
Christo attended the National Academy of Art in Sofia, and after a period of working in Prague, he studied for a semester in Vienna at the Academy of Fine Art. After a brief stay in Geneva, he moved to Paris in 1958 where he met Jeanne-Claude (1935-2009). In the same year, he began working on packages and wrapped objects. Two years later their son was born. In 1961, they started working together creating their first installation in the harbor of Cologne: “Stacked Oil Barrels and Dockside Packages”. In 1964 they relocated to New York City.
Among their projects, the most recognizable include: Valley Curtain (1972; Rifle Gap, Colorado), Running Fence (1976; Marin and Sonoma counties, California), Surrounded Islands (1983; Biscayne Bay, Florida), Pont Neuf (1985; Paris, France), Blue umbrellas (1991; Sato River valley, Japan), Yellow umbrellas (1991; Tejon Pass, California), Wrapped Reichstag (1995; Berlin, Germany), and The Gates (1979-2005; Central Park, New York City).
The last project, The floating piers (Lake Iseo, Italy), will be ready in 2016.