The Arc de Triomphe Wrapped

The Christo and Jeanne-Claude team created L’Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped, Paris (1961-2021), according to the drawings of Christo who died on May 31, 2020.

Visible for 16 days, the bow was wrapped in 25,000 square meters of recyclable silver-blue polypropylene fabric and 3,000 meters of red string of the same material.

As you can see on the picture, there were a lot of people, but it was possible to move around quite easily because the whole Place de l’Etoile had been closed to traffic.

The fabric moved with the wind, which I can’t show you in pictures.

Of course, such a work of art spills a lot of ink, generates more or less virulent discussions about the packaging of an emblematic monument of Paris. I think it was interesting because I rediscovered the monument and its volumes. People were very happy to be there and, contrary to what has been said, tourists seemed delighted to see such an exceptional and ephemeral event. Animators gave some explanations about the work and distributed pieces of the painting. Bringing back a small piece of the work added a little more to the experience.

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