Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Our own Christo and Jeanne Claude
Christo, a Bulgarian born American and his wife Jeanne Claude, a French born American who died in 2009, have been wrapping things together since the early fifties: bridges, buildings, trees, the Pont Neuf, fountains, monuments, a Roman wall.
Christo's current project is to stretch 5.9 miles of fabric panels over a 42 mile stretch of the Arkansas river. He awaits permission to manifest his project in 2014.
In 2004 Christo and Jeanne Claude created the Gates project in Central park. 7503 saffron colored panels were hung. One could walk under prayer flag like arches on a path through the park. Check out their website link above for pictures of their artworks.
And now, here in Bellows Falls, we have a Christo-like apartment building wrapped in Tyvek. ( See photo above). I forget why it was wrapped, some kind of work is being done, but people live in there behind the wrapping. At one point the entire building was wrapped but now the front and side are exposed again. It has been wrapped for months. A little bit of art in river city?