Christo (died 2020 age 84) and Jeanne-Claude (died 2009 age 74) – Monumental outdoor sculptures
(Pronounced kris-toh and jan klawd)
Christo and Jeanne-Claude - Christopher Columbus and a janitor wrapped in cloth
Imagine Christopher (Christo) Columbus standing talking to a janitor with a bin that has been clawed (Jeanne-Claude) and suddenly they are wrapped.
Christo and Jeanne-Claude were artists who together started in Paris, making monumental outdoor sculptures. They married early on in their artistic endeavours.
Christo and Jeanne-Claude wrapped cloth around famous places like Reichstag and The Pont Neuf or fenced off gigantic areas or umbrellered large swaths of land. Once these areas were covered the familiar objects became something else.
Their work has been called installation art because it is three dimensional, or large size, site-specific works that you walked through or around in order to engage them. They are designed to change the perception of space.
The installations can also be called land art because it is art made directly in landscapes, sculpting the land itself.
They made money by selling the years of preparatory plans, proposals, sketches, artwork, final photographs, models and videos. They took no grants or public money wanting artistic freedom.
They saw their art as a joy, beauty and a new way of looking at the familiar, forcing people to rethink the way they viewed the land around them.
Würth Rioja wrapped chairs
Valley Curtain, 1972
Wrapped Reichstag, 1995
Nobody before created - monumental outdoor sculptures wrapping well known buildings