News | International
17 Oct 2021 9:09
NZCity News
NZCity CalculatorReturn to NZCity

  • Start Page
  • Personalise
  • Sport
  • Weather
  • Finance
  • Shopping
  • Jobs
  • Horoscopes
  • Lotto Results
  • Photo Gallery
  • Site Gallery
  • TVNow
  • Dating
  • SearchNZ
  • NZSearch
  • Crime.co.nz
  • RugbyLeague
  • Make Home
  • About NZCity
  • Contact NZCity
  • Your Privacy
  • Advertising
  • Login
  • Join for Free

  •   Home > News > International

    Arc de Triomphe wrapped up in fabric to celebrate late artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude

    Parisians wake this week to find one of their city's most famous landmarks — the Arc de Triomphe — completely veiled, hidden behind a wrapping of silver and blue fabric.


    Parisians woke this week to find one of their city's most famous landmarks — the Arc de Triomphe — completely veiled, hidden behind a wrapping of silver and blue fabric.

    The installation by late artist couple Christo and Jeanne-Claude, who conceived the project in 1961, will open on Saturday.

    Visitors will be able to see the artwork for almost three weeks.

    On weekends, the Arc de Triomphe’s traffic-heavy roundabout will be entirely pedestrianised.

    Visitors to the famous Napoleonic arch, which dominates the Champs-Elysees, will not only be able to see the gleaming fabric, but to touch it too — as the artists had intended.

    Those climbing the 50 metres (164 feet) to the top will step on it when they reach the roof terrace.

    At a press conference on the project entitled Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped, France's Culture Minister Roselyne Bachelot called it "a formidable gift offered to Parisians, the French and beyond, to all art lovers".

    Bachelot added that it was "a posthumous testimony of artistic genius".

    Bulgarian-born Christo Vladimirov Javacheff met Jeanne-Claude Denat de Guillebon in Paris in 1958 and they later became lovers.

    The idea for the artwork was born in the early 1960s, when they lived in Paris. Jeanne-Claude died in 2009, and Christo in May last year.

    The monument was to be wrapped last fall, but the COVID-19 pandemic delayed it.

    "[Christo] wanted to complete this project. He made us promise him that we will do it," the couple's nephew, Vladimir Yavachev, said.

    The 14 million-euro ($22.58 million) project is being financed through the sale of Christo’s preparatory studies, drawings, scale models, and other pieces of work, Mr Yavachev said.

    Passersby on Thursday looked up in awe.

    "It makes me think of a big gray elephant placed in Paris on the Champs-Elysee" said 47-year-old Thomas Thevenoud, who works nearby.

    "You really rediscover the beauty of the form," said 39-year-old Parisian Agnieszka Wojel. "I couldn't stop taking pictures because it's extraordinary … we are very lucky."

    The artists were known for elaborate, temporary creations that involved blanketing familiar public places with fabric, including Berlin's Reichstag, Paris's Pont Neuf bridge, and Sydney's Little Bay.

    Mr Yavachev said he had plans to complete another one of their unfinished projects: a 150-metre-tall (492 feet) flat-roofed pyramid-like mastaba in Abu Dhabi.

    “We have the blueprints, we just have to do it," he said.

    ABC/AP


    ABC




    © 2021 ABC Australian Broadcasting Corporation. All rights reserved

     Other International News
     17 Oct: Intersex people urge ban on non-consensual 'sex-normalisation' surgeries
     17 Oct: How the Murdaugh murders mystery unravelled a knot of bizarre behaviour and alleged crimes in America's Deep South
     17 Oct: Prime Minister Boris Johnson visits church where British MP David Amess was stabbed to death
     16 Oct: Islamic State claims responsibility for Kandahar mosque bombing, two Afghanistan nationals named
     16 Oct: Despite promises, Taliban begin evicting Afghanistan's ethnic Hazaras from their land
     16 Oct: UK MP David Amess raised knife violence with Boris Johnson months before he was stabbed to death
     16 Oct: Squid Game, the most popular show on Netflix, was inspired by South Korea's crippling debt crisis
     Top Stories

    RUGBY RUGBY
    A season of milestones continues for Hawke's Bay in the NPC More...


    BUSINESS BUSINESS
    Little time for Rally New Zealand organisers to celebrate the event's inclusion back on the World Rally Championship calendar More...



     Today's News

    Entertainment:
    Clara McGregor has revealed she battled a tranquiliser addiction 8:36

    Golf:
    A couple of late bogeys have seen New Zealand golfer Ryan Fox drop down the leaderboard after the third round of the European Tour's Andalucia Masters in Spain 8:34

    International:
    Intersex people urge ban on non-consensual 'sex-normalisation' surgeries 8:34

    Motorsports:
    Courtney Duncan has recovered from a crash while leading two laps from the finish to retain the ascendency heading into the final round of the women's motocross world championship 8:24

    Cricket:
    Victorious Chennai Super Kings coach Stephen Fleming has joined the Black Caps camp ahead of the Twenty20 World Cup in the UAE 8:24

    Law and Order:
    How the Murdaugh murders mystery unravelled a knot of bizarre behaviour and alleged crimes in America's Deep South 8:24

    Rugby:
    A season of milestones continues for Hawke's Bay in the NPC 8:14

    Entertainment:
    Matt Damon and Ben Affleck didn't "know what [they] were doing" when they wrote 'Good Will Hunting' 8:06

    Health & Safety:
    An epidemiologist is applauding New Zealand for its amazing vaccination uptake on Super Saturday 8:04

    Living & Travel:
    The ski season in Queenstown comes to a close today with final runs at the Remarkables ski field 7:54


     News Search






    Power Search


    © 2021 New Zealand City Ltd