Artist Christo died May 31 in his New York City home at the age of 84 as a result of natural causes.
Christo and his wife Jeanne-Claude were known for their massive displays of artistic endeavours that often included the use of fabric including the vinyl gates in Central Park, the Reichstag, the Pont Neuf, the Kunsthalle, Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art, and a Roman Wall. The duo also used over 1,00 balloons for installations in Southern California and Japan. Their projects required hundreds of workers to erect and brought millions of visitors to view their work; infusing many millions into the local economy.
Speaking on his work, Christo once said, “like classical sculpture, all our wrapped projects are not solid buildings; they are moving with the wind, they are breathing. The fabric is very sensual and inviting; it’s like a skin.”
A posthumous installation involving L’Arc de Triomphe is scheduled to take place in September of next year and an exhibition of their work is set to run at the Centre Georges Pompidou from July to October.
He was born Christo Vladimirov Javacheff in Gabrovo, Bulgaria in on June 13, 1935. He studied at the Fine Arts Academy in Sofia, Bulgaria before moving to Prague, Vienna, Geneva, and Paris. It was there that he met Jeanne-Claude whom he discovered shared the exact same birth date. The couple later moved to New York City, calling it home for the remainder of their lives.
Already wrapping smaller objects – cars, furniture, etc. – before meeting Jeanne-Claude, the artistic projects grew in size and expanse.
Predeceased by his wife Jeanne-Claude at the age of 74 as the result of a brain aneurysm, no list of survivors was given.
Feature photo credit: By Martin Dürrschnabel – File:Christo and Jeanne-Claude.jpg by Martin Dürrschnabel, CC BY-SA 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3569497