Arc de Triomphe Wrapped in Fabric as Late Artist's Vision Realized

Paris’s Arc de Triomphe has been covered in 25,000 square meters of fabric as part of an art installation envisioned by the late artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude.

Timelapse footage released by France’s National Monuments Center shows the silvery-blue recyclable fabric unfurled over the iconic monument in the center of Paris.

According to the project’s website, the artwork was first dreamed up in 1962 by the late Bulgarian-born Christo, when he rented an apartment near the arch on first arriving in Paris. Its installation has been funded by the late artists’ estate.

“Christo and Jeanne-Claude have always made clear that their artworks in progress be continued after their deaths,” a statement read. “Per Christo’s wishes, L’Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped will be realized by his team.”

The work will be on display until October 3. Credit: Centre des Monuments Nationaux via Storyful

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