Christo - Maquettes for Major Projects
18 June 2018
Yavachev Christo, 1935
Ponte Sant'Angelo, Wrapped, Project for Rome. 1969-2011
Colour lithograph and screenprint with relief collage of thread, staples, plastic and transparent polythene with masking tape, retouched with chalk. 1969-2011. Signed and dated in pencil by Christo. Numbered in pencil from the edition. The total edition was 250.
Ref: Schellmann - Christo no 205.
Extremely fine impression with the collaged relief in excellent condition. On white Arches paper laid on board, as issued. Sheet: 635 x 720mm.
Note: Following the success of the ‘Wrapped Pont Neuf’ Christo and Jeanne-Claude tried hard to interest the authorities in Rome to permit them to create a related wrapping of Ponte San Angelo, an idea that they had first promoted as early as 1969. Despite the acclaim of the Pont Neuf work this Rome project was never undertaken.
The visual attraction of the idea was to highlight the contrast between the shapes, colours and lines of this part of the Rome skyline and the simplified form of the bridge enclosed by its wrapping.
Christo and Jeanne- Claude often spoke about their wish ‘to create works of art, works of joy and beauty.’ (Jeanne-Claude Interview c. 2005). They have made a unique contribution to the aesthetics of conceptual art. Though their large scale creations have been what they described as ‘nomadic’ – meaning their existence was transitory - through works like these maquettes their concepts are given a lasting existence.
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