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L’Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped


Arc de Triomphe / Paris / Art

A veiled fence extending for 24.5 miles across the hills of California’s Sonoma and Marin counties. 7,503 vinyl gates running along 23 miles of New York’s Central Park. These are among the many environmental artworks created by husband and wife Christo and Jeanne-Claude. Their best-known projects, however, see them “wrapping” national monuments. Thirty-five years after the couple wrapped Paris’s Pont-Neuf, Christo (Jeanne-Claude died in 2009) is back in Paris to wrap the Arc de Triomphe. The project, which employs nearly 270,000 square feet of recyclable silvery-blue fabric and nearly 23,000 feet of red rope, answers Christo’s continuing mandate to create new ways of seeing familiar landscapes—and you can’t get more familiar than Paris’s storied arch. —J.V.

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