“I know these projects are totally irrational, totally useless. The world can live without them, nobody needs them, only me and Jeanne-Claude. She always made the point that they exist because we like to have them, and if others like them, it’s only a bonus.” – Christo

Christo and his longtime partner, Jeanne Claude, conceived art projects on a massive scale, you know, like wrapping the Reichstag in Berlin and the Pont-Neuf Bridge in Paris in fabric, creating a 24-mile Running Fence in Sonoma and Marin counties in California, and bedecking New York City’s Central Park with The Gates, a project that it took Mayor Bloomberg to green light after it had been rejected by the city before him…because it’s official didn’t want all those art-curious people trampling all over our beloved Central Park!

Then Bloomberg said Yes, and The Gates came, and people came from all over to stroll Central Parks pathways underneath ‘flag gates’ suspended overhead.

And they were enchanted.
And New York City rejoiced.
And then The Gates were gone forever.

This is what Christo and Jeanne-Claude give the world – totally useless site-specific works of art on a grand scale, that mean…

If you can imagine something, it can and should be manifested.
That the “totally irrational, totally useless” are rational and useful.
That the world cannot live without that which it can live without.
That it is good “that exist because we like to have them.”

“The important part of this project is the temporary part, the nomadic quality. The work needs to be gone, because I do not own the work, no one does. This is why it is free.” – Christo

Take a walk on the wild side. Walk on Water

Christo’s newest project: Walking on Water:

The Gates Documentary, Jim Hensen Pictures, 2007:


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