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Christo and the Arc de Triomphe, 2021

Christo and Jean Claude

Arguably the most important art event tghis year is the wrapping of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. Christo had the plans ready to wrap it for over 60 years but now finally some years after his death it is being executed and it is a true tribute for one of the greatest artists from the last half century

Late Bulgarian-born artist Christo’s posthumous installation, Arc de Triomphe Wrapped, is drawing mixed reactions from tourists visiting the iconic monument in Paris.

The installation, which was conceived by Christo and his late wife, Jeanne-Claude Denat in 1961, was unveiled by French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday 17 September.

It will open to the public on Saturday and remain on display until 3 October.

Explaining his vision for the installation, Christo had said in the past: “It will be like a living object which will come alive in the wind and reflect the light.”

The couple was known for creating elaborate temporary installations by wrapping fabric around world famous monuments like Berlin’s Reichstag and Paris’ Pont Neuf bridge.

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