The artist disappeared from natural causes in New York City as explained in the announcement on the Facebook page Christo and Jeanne-Claude Official. “He lived a full life, in which he not only dreamed of what seemed impossible, but he realized it – reads the announcement -. Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s work brought people together by sharing their experiences all over the world, their work lives in our hearts and in our memories ».
«Christo was born on June 13, 1935 in Gabrovo, Bulgaria. He leaves Bulgaria in 1957 and then flees to Vienna. He moved to Geneva – read on the Fb page -. In 1958, Christo went to Paris, where he met Jeanne-Claude Denat de Guillebon, not only his wife, but also a life partner in the creation of monumental environmental works of art. Jeanne-Claude died on November 18, 2009. Christo has lived in New York for 56 years. ”
Considered among the major representatives of Land Art, even if Christo prefers the definition of “Environmental Art”, Christo and Jeanne-Claude Denat de Guillebon were the authors of dozens of surprising works, made all over the world. “You and me,” Christo always said. They have made dozens of unforgettable works and all over the planet, from “The gates” which with its 7,503 “gates” colored the snow of Central Park in February 2005, to the surprising “Umbrellas” which simultaneously lit blue with around Tokyo and yellow around Los Angeles: 1,340 in Japan, 1,760 in California. Then the famous packages, from Pont Neuf in Paris to the German parliament in Berlin. And many other maxi installations that lit the environment in which they were placed. They gave him a face and a new memory in the history of art. How Lake Iseo happened.
“In a 1958 letter, Christo wrote:” Beauty, science and art always triumph. ” Let’s keep these words in his memory »they write on Fb.
Bergamasca will not forget it: “The Floating Piers”, the catwalk created by the artist on Lake Iseo, was the most visited exhibition event in 2016 in Italy with 1.5 million visitors. From June 18 to July 3 you could walk on the floating piers from Sulzano to Monte Isola and from there to the islet of San Paolo. A temporary work of art, entirely financed by the author and costing around 18 million euros, amply repaid from the proceeds from the sale of the sketches.
Christo and his molgie have been the authors of dozens of surprising works, made all over the world. The idea of the catwalk was born fifty years earlier, but had never been realized. First in Buenos Aires, at the mouth of the Rio de la Plata, then in the bay of Tokyo, the authorizations were denied twice, which, on the other hand, were granted on Lake Iseo. Two hundred thousand polyethylene blocks, 35 centimeters high, for 4.5 kilometers. To join the fabrics together, it took 330 kilometers of yarn, made by Filtes International of Capriolo, led by Sergio Carrara from Bergamo. The work of art was not only made up of the walkway itself, but included the surrounding area: the water, the trees, the houses of Monte Isola and Sulzano were part of it. Dahlia yellow is the color chosen for the fabric, very sensitive to air humidity. In the morning it turned orange, then quickly turned into a golden and reflective yellow.
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