At the end of May of this year, one of the world’s most unique artists passed away at the age of 84. His name was Christo Vladimirov Javacheff. With his wife Jeanne-Claude Denat de Guillebon, they had formed an artist duo and worked under the name Christo and Jeanne-Claude for almost 50 years. They were acclaimed for their incredibly large-scale installations realized across the globe. Gentle disturbances, as they liked to refer to the artworks, only appeared to enhance the landscape for a very limited time.
The temporary aspect of the installations added to their beauty, making them even more desirable spectacles. They usually lived for days or weeks at a time but took years and often decades to bring to life. Despite that, Christo and Jeanne-Claude did not mind the struggle. It was part of the game to battle bureaucracy in order to materialize their vision into reality. Besides their creations always being temporary, they were also always free of charge, existing to be enjoyed by everyone and always self-funded through Christo’s original sketches or drawings of the projects (which he always did prior, never after the projects were executed).
Although many liked to look for symbolism in their art, Christo and Jeanne-Claude insisted that the art had no meaning and was simply an expression of artistic freedom. The artworks carried no hidden symbols, no hidden meanings, only the message of love and freedom. Whether they were wrapping buildings into fabric or using vivid colors to make their installations, this power duo never failed to catch people’s attention.
But you decide for yourself…