The L’Arc de Triomphe, which has suffered vandalism in recent months during the Yellow Vest protests, will be wrapped in shiny fabric in a project conceived by Christo and his posthumous partner Jeanne-Claude.
Back in 1962, Bulgarian and French-American artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude–now world famous for their large-scale fabric “wrapping” of architectural monuments and natural landscapes–wanted to wrap L’Arc de Triomphe. Though their vision for a grand piece of public art in Paris was far from controversial, it was a turbulent time in France and, with De Gaulle in power, the project never happened. One year from now, nearly 60 years after they first proposed it, their vision will materialize at last.
At the time, Christo and Jean-Claude were living together as both a young married couple and an artistic partnership in a rented room near the famous monument, which is a symbol of France and the home of an eternal flame dedicated to the unknown soldier. It was then when Christo made the photomontages and drawings you can see in this article which, in addition to some scale models, will be auctioned to pay for the installation in its entirety.
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