Christo Vladimirov Javacheff and Jeanne-Claude were a married couple renowned for their large-scale environmental works of art that disturb the landscape. They were both born on the same day in 1935 but countries apart; Christo in Bulgaria, and Jeanne-Claude in Morocco. Jeanne-Claude died in 2009 but Christo has continued their practice, creating sculptures that they planned together and working under both of their names.
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About the artwork
Set in the limited space north of Tokyo and in an area near Los Angeles, Christo and Jeanne-Claude positioned the umbrellas tightly together, their monochrome blue reflecting and contrasting the differences of each country. Costing over $26 million and featuring over 3100 umbrellas in total, the entire project was financed by the artists and took seven years to realise and 7 months to install. Acting as houses without walls, their transitory nature echoed the ephemeral character of the work of art itself. Why did they do it? Is never the question, but thank god they did.