Wrapping of Arc de Triomphe begins in tribute to artist

Published September 13, 2021
WORKERS install a shimmering wrapper to envelop a Paris landmark, the Arc de Triomphe, in a posthumous installation by artist Christo on the Champs Elysee avenue.—Reuters
WORKERS install a shimmering wrapper to envelop a Paris landmark, the Arc de Triomphe, in a posthumous installation by artist Christo on the Champs Elysee avenue.—Reuters

PARIS: Visitors to Paris were surprised on Sunday when strolling up the Champs-Elysees as dozens of workers began enveloping in a shimmering wrapper a posthumous installation by artist Christo at Arc de Triomphe monument.

Workers were shuffling around the 50-metre high, 19th century arch setting up 25,000 square metres of silvery blue, recyclable plastic wrapping, which will be on view between Sept 18 and Oct 3.

Imagined decades ago in 1961 by the late Bulgarian-born artist Christo and his wife and fellow artist Jeanne-Claude, who died in 2009, “L’Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped” was finally brought to life by Christo’s nephew, Vladimir Yavatchev at a cost of about 14 million euros ($16.54 million).

“The biggest challenge for me is that Christo is not here. I miss his enthusiasm, his criticisms, his energy and all of these things. That, for me, really is the biggest challenge,” Yavatchev said.

Christo, who spent part of his life in Paris and in New York, once rented a small room near the famed Champs-Elysees avenue after moving to Paris in 1958, when he experimented with wrapping discarded crates and barrels with fabric and rope, according to an official site about the artist.

Christo, whose full name is Christo Javacheff, was known for his larger-than-life installations. He wrapped up a stretch of coastline in Australia and the Reichstag parliament building in Berlin, and strung up a huge curtain in part of a canyon in Colorado. He worked closely with Jeanne-Claude on the projects. The pair covered Paris’s Pont Neuf bridge in yellow cloth in 1985.

Published in Dawn, September 13th, 2021

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