Christo, best known for wrapping buildings and famous landmarks in fabric or plastic, dies

Artist Christo, mostly known for wrapping buildings and famous landmarks in fabric or plastic, has breathed his last at his residence in NY. He was 84.

He died due to natural causes yesterday, as stated by a post on the artist’s official Facebook page.

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Christo, who always worked along with his wife Jeanne-Claude, famously covered the Reichstag in Berlin and therefore the Pont-Neuf in Paris with reams of material.

His artworks “brought people together” around the world, the statement says.

“Christo lived his life to the fullest, not only dreaming up what seemed impossible, but realising it,” it reads, adding that the couple’s art “lives on in our hearts and memories”.

A 2016 installation entitled The Floating Piers consisted of 100,000 sq m of bright yellow fabric floating on polyethylene cubes on Lake Iseo, in Sulzano, Italy.

Christo

Christo Vladimirov Javacheff was born in Gabrovo, Bulgaria, in 1935. He enjoyed time in Austria and Switzerland before settling to France, and there, he met Jeanne-Claude Denat de Guillebon in Paris.

Together with transforming large-scale landmarks, the pair also made monumental environmental works of art together in natural settings, before Jeanne-Claude died in 2009 at the age of 74.

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