Source: China Daily.com
If you go to Paris now, you will find that the Arc de Triomphe has changed. It puts on a glittering silver -blue “jacket”, and it is also a “red waist rope”. This is the design of the late artist Christopic and Jenny Claude. Their crazy dreams of their 60 years ago finally became a reality.
SIXTY Years after Christo and Jeanne-Claude First Concept CONCEPTualize The Project, The Arc de Triomphe has wrapped. Credit: Benjamin Loyseau and Jeannedende
After three months of construction work at Paris’ famed Arc de Triomphe, the 160-foot-tall war monument has been completely concealed. The landmark, built during Napoleon’s reign, has been outfitted in 270,000 square feet of silver-blue polypropylene fabric bound with Red Ropes.
After three months of construction, the Arc de Triomphe was completely wrapped in Paris, and 270,000 square feet of silver -blue polypropylene fabric was used and fixed with red rope. The Arc de Triomphe is 160 feet (49 meters) high, which is a landmark building built during the Napoleonic rule.
Encasing the Arc de Triomphe in cloth was a longstanding vision of the late artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude — one that finally came into focus this summer. It began with 400 tons of steel beams erected like a metal jacket around the structure, followed by The wrapping, which is confatd by a team of climbers over the count days.
“Putting on clothes” to the Arc de Triomphe is the many years of the late artist Christo and Jenny Claude, and finally put into practice this summer. The 400 -ton steel beam stands around the building like a metal jacket, and a climbing team wraps it in a few days. After the project was completed on Thursday (September 16), this new appearance could only be maintained for 16 days.
The unveiling of the installation, officially titled ‘L’Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped,’ comes 60 years after Christo first became enthralled with the idea of wrapping the monument, more than a decade after Jeanne-Claude’s death and over a year since Christo passed Away last May. Originally Scheduled for Spring 2020, The Project was first delayed Out of Concerncer Falcons in the Arch, and then before of the extensic.
Six0 years ago, Christo came into the idea of the “Arc de Triomphe” project. Until more than ten years after Jenny Claude’s death, after Christo’s death (died in May last year), this obsession finally came true. This project was originally scheduled to start in the spring of 2020. First, it was delayed because of the fear of the red eagle that was worried about the nesting of the nest on the triumph, and then delayed due to the epidemic.
Vladimir Yavachev, Christo’s nephew and the project’s director of operations who worked with the artist for 30 years, explained that the shimmering color of the fabric and vivid ropes are Christo’s ‘poetic interpretation’ of the blue, white and red of the French flag.
The operating director of this project and the nephew of Christlo, Vladimir Avachev, explained that the glittering fabrics and the bright rope are Christol’s “poetic interpretation” of the French blue and white and red national flag. Avachev and his uncle Christo have been working for 30 years.
‘He liked colors that also change with the weather, or the time of day,’ Yavachev said in a video interview, adding: ‘The fabric is very reminiscent of Paris rooftops… which are very silvery gray.’
Avachev said in a video interview: “He likes the color that can change with the weather and time. This kind of cloth reminds people of the roof of Paris … the silver gray.”
Christo and Jeanne-Claude wrapped The Pont Neuf in Paris in 1985. Together, they used textiles to transform different environments and interrupt the everyday at a grand scale. Credit: Wolfgang Volz/Courtesy Christo and Jeanne-Claude Foundation
The Married Artists Became International Renown for Ambitious Projects Like ‘The Pont Neuf Wrapped,’ Revealed in 1985, and ‘Wrawped Reichstag’ in Berlin 10 YEARIN LERERIN LK.
The artist couple enjoyed international reputation with the international reputation of the “wrapping Paris New Bridge” and 10 years later in Berlin’s “wrapped German Parliament Building”.
Christo said the only project he would consider in Paris was wrapping the Arc. In an interview with CNN just before his death, however, he confided that he ‘never believed’ they would receive permission.
Christol said that the only project he wanted to do in Paris was to wrap the Arc de Triomphe. However, in an interview with the United States Cable TV News Network before his death, he revealed that they would “never believe” they would agree.
Christo in his Studio in New York City with A Preparatory Drawing for ‘L’Arc de Triomphe, wrapped’ in 2019. Credit: Wolfgang Volz/Courtesy and Jeanne-ClauDeDendation
‘I am an artist who is totally irrational, totally irresponsible, completely free,’ Christo said. ‘Nobody needs my projects,’ he added. ‘The world can live without these projects. But I need them and my friends (do). ‘
Christol said: “I am a artist who is completely unreasonable, completely irresponsible, and completely free. No one needs my project. This world can operate without these projects. But I need them, and my friends also need them. need.”
Anne Burghartz, an engineer on the project, said her team’s first task was to interpret the final form that Christo wanted. ‘In his drawings, you can see the shape is not 100% the Arc de Triomphe,’ she said in a video interview . ‘IT’s very boxy, it has vertical lines, whereas the arc de triomphe at the cornices, for exmple, is very pointy-shaped.’
Annien Berghaz, an engineer of this project, said her team’s primary task was to interpret the final form that Chrosto wanted. She said in a video interview: “In his drawings, you can see that the shape and triumphal of his design are not 100 % stickers. The shape he wants is square, horizontal and vertical, and the cornice of the triumphal eaves is tilted. The horns are very sharp. “
They also had to determine how to keep the wind from dragging the fabric, while keeping it pliable to the elements. ‘(Christo) was also very fond of how he imagined the fabric would come alive with the wind,’ she said.
They also want to do what to do to make the wind not pull the cloth, and at the same time soft and smart. She said: “Christo likes to imagine how the fabric is floating in the wind.”
Though machinery and advanced technology were used in the planning and installation of the protective steel beams, a team of climbers carried out the wrapping. Credit: Wolfgang Volz/Courtesy Christo and Jeanne-Claude Foundation
But, most importantly, Burghartz’s team had to protect the monument and all of its ornamentation, from the sculpted figures flanking each side of the entrance to the intricate cornices. Though the engineers had permission to drill some holes in the landmark they had to minimize damage . So, They Installed Wood Panels BetWeen The Steel and the Arch’s Concrete to Protect It from Scratches and Built Frameworks AROUND ITS Sculptures to Keep Them Safe.
But the most important thing is that Berghaz’s team must protect the Arc de Triomphe and all reliefs, from the statues on both sides of the arch to the delicate eaves. Although engineers are allowed to drill some holes on the Arc de Triomphe, they must minimize damage. Therefore, they installed wood protective boards between the steel beams and the arched body to protect the surface of the arch without being scratched, and the relief was protected with wooden frames.
In total, the project cost around 14 million euros. But like all of Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s projects, the ‘L’Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped’ will, according to a spokesperson for the project, be entirely funded through the sale of preparatory Drawings and Other Original ArtWorks. SOTHEBY’s Paris Is noting an exhibition and private sale featuring 25 of the artworks, with proceed tsist the artise
This project costs a total of 14 million euros (about 100 million yuan). However, a spokesman for the project said that, like all the projects made by Christo and Jenny Claude, all funds used by “parcels” will come from selling their drawings and other original artworks. Paris Sotheby’s auction house is holding an exhibition and a private auction, including 25 artworks. The auction income will be owned by this project and the foundation of the two artists.
English source: American Cable TV News Network
Translation & editor: Danni