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Published: 0202 GMT June 01, 2020

Bulgarian-born artist, Christo, who famously wrapped landmarks, dies at 84

Bulgarian-born artist, Christo, who famously wrapped landmarks, dies at 84

Bulgarian-born artist, Christo, best known for wrapping buildings and famous landmarks in fabric or plastic, died at his home in New York, aged 84.

He passed away of natural causes on Sunday, according to a statement posted on the artist’s official Facebook page, BBC wrote.

Christo, who always worked with his wife Jeanne-Claude, famously covered the Reichstag in Berlin and the Pont-Neuf in Paris with reams of cloth.

His artworks “brought people together” around the world, the statement says.

“Christo lived his life to the fullest, not only dreaming up what seemed impossible, but realizing it,” it reads, adding that the couple’s art “lives on in our hearts and memories.”

A 2016 installation entitled, ‘The Floating Piers,’ consisted of 100,000 square meters of bright yellow fabric floating on polyethylene cubes on Lake Iseo, in Sulzano, Italy.

Shakespeare told us “all the world’s a stage”; Christo showed us all the world’s an art gallery.

The Bulgarian-born artist wasn't interested in the sterile white walls of the modern museum where objects exist apart from everyday life.

He wanted to turn everyday life into art, to make people look again and think again about their surroundings. He did this by way of intervention – either by wrapping a building such as the Reichstag in Berlin in blue material, or a section of the Australian coastline in one million square feet of fabric – in both cases turning cold, hard structures into sensuous, fragile sculptures.

An unfinished project in Paris entitled, ‘L’Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped,’ is planned to be completed and exhibited in September 2021, in accordance with Christo’s wishes.

Sunday’s statement concludes: “In a 1958 letter Christo wrote, ‘Beauty, science and art will always triumph.’ We hold those words closely today.”



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