L’Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped is a temporary artwork for Paris, that can be seen until October 3, 2021. This project comes from a partnership between the Centre des Monuments Nationaux and the City of Paris.
CHRISTO AND JEANNE-CLAUDE
Jeanne-Claude and Christo met in Paris in 1958, and in 1961 they began to create works of art in public spaces. They had one particular project that was wrapping a public building. Once Christo arrived in Paris he went to a small apartment near the Arc de Triomphe. From that moment, he started to make a photomontage of the Arc wrapped, and in 1988 a collage. After 60 years, his project is now complete.
This is a project, funded by the Estate of Christo V. Javacheff, all of this through the sale of Christo’s drawings, collages, and scale models. The Centre des Monuments Nationaux and the government institution that manages the Arc aligned forces in this project. They believe that this work of art demonstrates a commitment to contemporary creation and it’s a true honor to one of the most important and emblematic monuments in Paris.
Christo and Jeanne-Claude always said that all of their works in progress should continue after their deaths. And this amazing project, per Christo’s wishes, L’Arc the Triomphe, Wrapped, is now complete by his team.
According to Vladimir Yavachev, Christo’s nephew, ” It was completely designed by Christo to the very last detail and we have to keep to that. If people come and say it’s just like the drawings, that means we’ve done a good job”. Everything has been done and aligned with Christo and Jeanne Claude’s vision.
He also added that he started to work with Christo while he was 17 years old, and has worked on this particular project for four years now. Arc the Triomphe Wrapped is a true piece of art. People can come and walk around the Arc and touch the material.