The highly anticipated art installation L’Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped, has now been inaugurated in Paris and remains open until October. Envisioned by artist Christo, the Arc De Triomphe has been draped in silvery blue plastic curtains that are recyclable, as well as rope. The process took 12 weeks and 25,000 square meters of plastic, along with 3,000 meters of crimson ropes to keep the fabric in the shape of the monument.
Christo and his wife Jeanne-Claude were renowned for transforming monuments including a German parliament building, as well as the Pont Neuf – the oldest bridge in France – into art by wrapping them in fabric. This project was Christo’s sole focus in his final years up until his passing in 2020 as his works involved highly precise planning and instructions. The French government granted him permission to work on the Arc De Triomphe posthumously, with his nephew Vladimir Yavachev carrying out his meticulous instructions and creating the installation.
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Christo and Jeanne-Claude are known for the transient nature of their work, hence the installation will only be available until October. The project has been envisioned by the pair 60 years prior to its conception. In fact, Christo’s first visualizations of the Arc De Triomphe were made in 1962 in the form of a photo collage.
Financing for L’Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped was undertaken by Christo’s estate and has utilized no public funds. The project has been done in collaboration with the Centre des Monuments Nationaux and the City of Paris, as well as the support of the Centre Pompidou.