The project was conceived by Christo Vladimirov Javacheff and Jeanne-Claude in the early 60s, but it never came to fruition. Now, the monument will be wrapped in blue and red between September 18th and October 3rd.
In the 1960s, Christo Vladimirov Javacheff and Jeanne-Claude they had the idea of covering the Arc de Triomphe in France with blue and silver fabric and red rope.
Despite all the details having been thought out and designed, the project never got off the ground because the artist couple thought he would never get permission necessary to materialize it.
However, after 59 years, the idea will come to life.
According to the The Guardian, the French monument will be covered by 25 thousand square meters of recyclable polypropylene fabric, fixed with three thousand meters of red rope, also recyclable.
The works will start next month and “L’Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped” – as the project is called – will be on display for 16 days.
To the The Guardian, Christo’s nephew, Vladimir Javacheff, has now confirmed that The Wrapped Arc de Triomphe will follow “by 100 percent” the design that the two artists envisioned in the early 1960s.
The work is expected to be completed on September 18th, but like most of Christo’s work, will not be permanent, and on October 3rd, work will begin to remove the package.
The €14 million cost of the initiative, now advanced by the British daily, will then be paid by selling original works by Christo and Jeanne-Claude.
The production was supposed to take place last year, to coincide with an exhibition by the artist at the Center Pompidou in Paris, but was delayed due to the covid-19 pandemic.
The artist couple will no longer be able to see their dream come true, as both have passed away. Christo died in November of last year and Jeanne-Claude in 2009.