For more than forty years, installation artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude have focused the majority of their professional attention on re-shaping the environment around them. Until Jeanne-Claude’s tragic death in 2009, the two artists regularly wowed audiences with their dramatic environmental installations. In the time since her passing, Christo has carried on the work he and his partner valued so highly. Their goal: to change the way you look at familiar surroundings and inject a little wonder into your everyday world. The artists’ have spent the last several decades plying their particular trade and giving the world a dose of their joyful, uplifting message. Here, for your consideration, are some of their more prominent works.
1. Verhüllte Bäume
Verhüllte Bäume, or Wrapped Trees, was completed in 1998. Christo and Jeanne-Claude wrapped 178 trees in Berower Park with a silver-grey polyester fabric. Individual canopies had to be constructed for each tree in order to ensure the most impressive visuals. On display for three weeks, Wrapped Trees was extremely popular in its native Switzerland.
2. Documenta 4
In 1968, Jeanne-Claude and Christo became world record holders when they launched a giant air package at contemporary art exhibition Documenta. That year, Jeanne-Claude and Christo managed to raise a giant inflatable air package to a height of 280 feet, a feat that made them the record holders for erecting the largest inflatable structure with no skeleton ever constructed.