The Arc de Triomphe, one of Paris’ emblematic monuments, will be wrapped up by American visual artist Christo in April 2020.
The installation will require 25,000 m2 of recyclable silver-blue polypropylene fabric and 7,000 m of red rope. This temporary work will be visible for 14 days, from 6 to 19 April 2020! “It will be a skin stretched across the building, inflated by the wind and brought to life by the sunlight” said the artist.
Christo and the artist Jeanne-Claude, his wife, already imagined this in 1962
As has always been the case since the beginning of his career, the artist is in charge. The wrapped-up Arc de Triomphe will be entirely self-financed by Christo through the sale of his preparatory sketches, drawings, collages of the project and models.
In 1995, Christo had already made a name for himself by wrapping up the Reichstag in Berlin, where the German Parliament is based, in a silver fabric. Then, in 1985, the oldest bridge in Paris, the Pont Neuf, was wrapped up in an ochre-yellow polyester.
Christo and his wife are used to staging canvases, cables and metal structures to create ephemeral works, whether they are buildings, monuments or parks, by "wrapping" them. Their works are designed to impress the public and offer them new visions of Art.
L'Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped (Project for Paris) Place de l'Etoile – Charles de Gaulle
Photo: André Grossmann