Visitors to Paris can get a surprise when they walk down the Champs-Elysées in September, when the monument to the Arc de Triomphe is wrapped in a shiny cover with a posthumous installation by the artist Christo.
Workers have already built some scaffolding on the 50-meter-high arch from the 19th century to establish it for the silver-blue, recyclable plastic foil, which will be available between September 18 and October 3.
It is believed that the late-born Bulgarian artist Christo and his wife and actress Jeanne-Claude, who died in 2009, decades ago in 1961, were finally revived by Christo’s nephew Vladimir Yavatchev.
“It just keeps its promise to him. It’s as simple as that, “Yavatchev told Reuters, adding that a few years before he died in 2020 , Christo, who has spent part of his life in Paris and New York, said something he wanted to do more, everyone should complete this project.
Christo used to rent a small room near the famous Champs-Elysees avenue after moving to Paris in 1958 when he experimented with wrapping discarded boxes and barrels with cloth and rope, according to an official website about the artist.
Christo, whose full name is Christo Javacheff, is known for his larger installations. He enveloped an Australian coastline and the Reichstag building in Berlin and drew a large curtain on the side of a ravine in Colorado. She worked closely with Jeanne-Claude on projects.
The couple covered Paris’ Ponf Neuf bridge with yellow fabric in 1975.
The Arc de Triomphe project, which involves the most visited monument in Paris, located at one end of the Champs-Elysees, will still allow tourists to visit the site and its expansive terrace. The monument is also home to a tribute to the unknown soldier in the form of a memorial fire that is revived daily.
“I hope Christo would be most happy if someone looked at it and said ‘it’s like the drawings,'” Yavatchev said.