'Crazy dream come true': Paris' Arc de Triomphe is officially wrapped up

'Crazy dream come true': Paris' Arc de Triomphe is officially wrapped up

17/9/2021 4:03:00 AM

'Crazy dream come true': Paris' Arc de Triomphe is officially wrapped up

The idea was conceived in 1961 by the late Bulgarian-born artist Christo, who was famous for wrapping and draping over landmarks such as the Reichstag building in Berlin, a stretch of the Australian coastline and a canyon in Colorado.

French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday (Sep 16) inaugurated a posthumous installation conceived by the late artist Christo that envelops Paris' Arc de Triomphe monument in 2,500 square metres of silvery blue, recyclable plastic wrapping."This is the achievement of a 60-year-old dream, a crazy dream come true," said Macron, who was accompanied by his wife Brigitte and officials ranging from Culture Minister Roselyne Bachelot to Paris Mayor and Presidential hopeful Anne Hidalgo.

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Macron said he was particular happy the installation took place at the Arc de Triomphe because the monument had"suffered so much at the end of 2018", alluding to the looting and vandalism at the Arc de Triomphe during an anti-government"yellow vest" protest that degenerated in December 2018.

Imagined in 1961 by the late Bulgarian-born artist Christo, L'Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped was finally brought to life by Christo's nephew, Vladimir Yavatchev, at a cost of about 14 million euros (S$22.7 million).Workers install a shimmering wrapper to envelop the Arc de Triomphe, in a posthumous installation by artist Christo in Paris, France, September 12, 2021. (Photo: Reuters/Christian Hartmann) headtopics.com

Workers install a shimmering wrapper to envelop the Arc de Triomphe, in a posthumous installation by artist Christo in Paris, France, September 12, 2021. (Photo: Reuters)The L'Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped project by late artist Christo and Jeanne-Claude will be on view from Sep 18 to Oct 3. (Photo: AP/Lewis Joly)

View of the wrapped Arc de Triomphe, designed by the late artist Christo, during its inauguration in Paris, France, September 16, 2021. Ludovic Marin/Pool via REUTERSChristo, whose full name was Christo Javacheff, was known for his larger-than-life installations.

He wrapped up a stretch of coastline in Australia and the Reichstag parliament building in Berlin, and strung up a huge curtain in part of a canyon in Colorado. He worked closely with his wife Jeanne-Claude on the projects.The pair covered Paris's Ponf Neuf bridge in yellow cloth in 1985.

The Arc de Triomphe project, involving the most visited monument in Paris that looms over one end of the Champs-Elysees, will still allow tourists to visit the site and its panoramic terrace.The monument is also home to a tribute to the Unknown Soldier, in the form of a flame of remembrance that is rekindled every day. The installation will be on view from Sep 18 to Oct 3. headtopics.com

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