Christo posthumously wrapping Paris

Friday 24th September, 2021 - Bruce Sterling

*The deceased artist was always noted for his patience in seizing opportunities.


Known for wrapping landmarks and iconic architecture such as the Pont Neuf in Paris in 1985 and the Reichstag in Berlin in 1995, Christo and Jeanne-Claude drew up the plans for the Arc de Triomphe in 1962 from their nearby apartment in the French capital. But permission wasn’t granted until 2018, nine years after Jeanne-Claude’s death.

After Christo’s death in 2020, his nephew Vladimir Yavachev took over to oversee the completion of his great-uncle’s posthumous work, for which Christo left detailed plans and drawings. The €14m (£12m) project is fully self-financed by the artists’ estate, thanks to the sale of Christo’s drawings, lithographs and maquettes….