Christo - Maquettes for Major Projects
18 June 2018
Yavachev Christo, 1935
Wrapped Trees. Project for the Avenue des Champs Elyseés, Paris.
Colour lithograph with relief collage of thread, staples, plastic and photograph, retouched with chalk and colour. 1987. Signed and dated in pencil. Numbered in pencil. From the edition of 295. Drawn and constructed at the Landfall Press, Chicago 1987.
Ref: Schellman – Christo no 133.
Extremely fine fresh impression on Arches paper laid on museum board, as issued. Created to the full sheet size. Sheet: 710 x 565mm
Note: Inspired by the great success of their wrapping of the Pont Neuf in Paris in 1965 Christo and Jeanne-Claude wanted to wrap another quintessential element of Paris – the Champs Elysees as expressed by the trees that line the Avenue leading up to the Arc de Triomphe. Unfortunately they never got permission for the project but the creation and sales of the maquette above in 1987 were very successful.
The wrapping of the Pont Neuf expressed the epitome of their desire to create a majestic but transitory (it existed for just 14 days) expression of how, by obscuring the detail of one of the world’s best known urban architectural constructions with an enveloping wrapping, they emphasised and recreated the essence of the structure.
(Talking about the Berlin Reichstag wrapping) ‘With our wrapping the details were all hidden … leaving only the essence’. Christo and Jeanne-Claude c. 2005.
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