ITS A WRAP - ARTIST CRISTO'S LAST PROJECT REALIZED -THE ARC DE TRIOMPHE

 

 

 

Michou (me) in Paris for the Wrapping of the Arc de Triomphe 

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As a home product and lighting design company every week we take you behind the scenes to the people places and things that inspire us. This week we are in Paris for the Maison & Objet Home Show as well as Art Paris Week along with the wrapping of the Arc de Triomphe. 

Artist Cristo standing in front of his rendition 

Thomas and I are so gifted to be able to travel to the best cities in the world for work. Not only was he in Venice, Italy , I happened to be in Paris at the right time. After both Thomas and I had been to almost all of the Cristo projects together and separately I was lucky enough to be able to see this last project realized in person. 

 

Being Wrapped 

Christo, the artist who died last year after wrapping everything from islands in Miami's Biscayne Bay to floating islands in Italy, had a long-term dream: to wrap Paris’s Arc de Triomphe. The project, which was still in the planning stages when he died, has been realized posthumously. “L’Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped,” which was declared open on Saturday and will run until Oct. 3, has been attracting big crowds, as you can see on a live feed on YouTube.

Why would anyone conceal something that was built to be seen — and which most people would consider too big to wrap?

Like so many of the projects of Christo (1935-2020) and his wife, Jeanne-Claude (1935-2009), wrapping the Arc de Triomphe was an impressive logistical feat. Much of the media attention has understandably focused on the scale of the project (270,000 square feet of polypropylene fabric, shimmery gray to match the zinc roofs of Paris; almost 1.9 miles of red rope).

The number of workers involved (1,200), the technical challenges (protecting the arch’s sculptural reliefs and nesting falcons), the bureaucratic impediments and the delays caused by environmental concerns and then covid-19.

 

The Technicians 

But logistics are logistics. Once you have said “wow,” there’s little left to add. In the end, we’re talking about a work of art, not a bridge or a tunnel, so it’s more interesting to wonder what it means — to you, to me, to the people of France — to wrap the world’s most famous triumphal arch in pleated fabric. What does “L’Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped” evoke? What emotions does it stir?

Its a Wrap

Beauty, unquestionably, is part of it. To convert something as solid and sturdy as the Arc de Triomphe into a gently billowing, pleated wrap, like a Greek gown cinched at the waist, is an act of useless — and splendid — beauty.

 

Me (Michou) at the Rooftop Bar of Hotel Raphael 

 

To view our last visit to one of Cristo's installations click this LINK. 

 

Have a great weekend !

 

Michou

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