When Jeanne-Claude was still alive, the married couple were always careful to travel in separate planes so that if one were to perish in a crash the other would be able to continue their work.

By Balthazar Malevolent


Below are eight iconic projects by the Bulgarian artist and his late partner Jeanne Claude, following the sad news that Christo has died.


When the London Mastaba sculpture created by Christo and Jeanne Claude was unveiled in 2018, Christo spoke in a series of two exclusive video interviews about his life and career. The artist explained in the first film how the giant London Mastaba installation was the culmination of more than 60 years of their work with stacked barrels. In the second, he looked back at some of the most ambitious ideas of his own and of Jeanne Claude.

The art duo are renowned for their large-scale works that include wrapping landmark buildings and landscapes in vast quantities of fabric or constructing temporary structures from colorful barrels of oil.

Despite critics' best efforts to attribute particular meaning to their work, the artists have always insisted that their pieces are simply about experiencing the artwork at the moment, in the context of their environment.

Christo and Jeanne-Claude were born in 1935, Christo in Gabrovo, Bulgaria and Jeanne-Claude in Casablanca, Morocco, in the same day. At the age of 21, Christo fled his home country's Stalinist dictatorship to Paris, where he has met Jeanne-Claude when he was commissioned to paint a portrait of her mother in 1958.

By 1961 they collaborated on works of art, in a romantic and artistic union that lasted until the death of Jeanne-Claude in 2009. The married couple were both cautious to fly in different planes while she was still alive so that if one were to die in a crash the other would be able to resume their work.

Fiercely determined to maintain full creative expression, the pair self-funded their installations by selling original works of art and insisting on paying union or above minimum wages for their assistants. All the materials have been recycled after a job would have been complete and the place would have been restored to the original state.

Christo died at eighty-four. The news has been confirmed on his official Facebook page, which said he had died at his New York home from natural causes.

Many designers such as Rick Owens, Boris Bidjan Saberi, Hadi Slimane have been inspired by Christo and Jeanne Claude's work in their earlier collections. Cristo's heritage will live in our hearts and in the hearts of future generations.

The Gates, Central Park, New York City, 2005.Wrapped Coast, One Million Square Feet, Little Bay, Sydney, Australia, 1969.Valley Curtain, Rifle, Colorado, 1972.Surrounded Islands, Biscayne Bay, Greater Miami, Florida, 1983.The Gates, Central Park, New York City, 2005.The Floating Piers, Lake Iseo, Italy, 2016.The London Mastaba, Serpentine Lake, London, 2018.Scale model of The Mastaba for Abu Dhabi, unbuilt.
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