[Ed. – I could get on board with some of Christo’s stuff, but I don’t buy off on putting drop cloths – of any hue – over the Arc de Triomphe. Silly affectation. The Arc has been through enough lately, as witness the feature image. That said, maybe draping the Robert E. Lee statue in Richmond for a few weeks would have been a reasonable compromise. Put Lee in a burqa.]
In the last creation from late artist Christo, the Arc de Triomphe has been covered in reams of silvery-blue fabric in an installation appropriately titled, “Wrapped.” The project was supposed to go ahead in fall of 2020, but was delayed due to the pandemic.
Announced earlier this summer, the artwork entails involves 270,000 square feet of fabric and 23,000 feet of red rope and took nearly 12 weeks to complete.
“Wrapped” was originally conceived by Christo and his wife and artistic partner Jeanne-Claude before her death in 2009. They began planning to wrap the Arc de Triomphe in fabric back in the ’60s, when they lived close to the Champs-Élysées.