Christo and Jeanne-Claude posthumously wraps Arc de Triomphe

The Arc de Triomphe located on Paris Place de l’Étoile, was ‘posthumously’ wrapped by artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude and the resulting artwork polarizes French opinions on the significance of the piece itself but more broadly on contemporary art.

This work follows more ‘wrappings’ by Christo and Jeanne-Claude including Paris’ Pont Neuf in 1975 and Reichstag in Berlin, also in 1975. Christo’s final realised project before his death was The London Mastaba, an enormous stack of vibrant coloured barrels located on the Serpentine Lake in London.

Preparations for the temporary installation took about three months, yet the project had been in the works for six decades. The artwork will be viewable until 16 October 2021 i.e a short amount of time.

The spectacular time-lapse video shows parts of the installation process, which mesmerised audiences in real life.