Christo, born June 13, 1935, and Jeanne-Claude (June 13, 1935 – November 18, 2009), born on the same day in the same year.
The work of art is a scream of freedom.
We are not machines and we do not have lots of ideas in a drawer.
And for every project, because it takes years, you can see the early drawings and collages as just a simple, vague idea, and through the years and through the negotiations of getting the permit, you see that every detail is now clarified.
“And for me, the real world involves everything: risk, danger, beauty, energy, all we meet with in the real world.”
We are probably the only artists in the world who have a 2,000-page book on a work of art that doesn’t exist. But in this way, these projects reveal their identity through this whole process. When I’m starting, I only have the slightest idea of how the work of art will exist.
People think our work is monumental because it’s art, but human beings do much bigger things: they build giant airports, highways for thousands of miles, much, much bigger than what we create.
“The fact that the work does not remain creates an urgency to see it. For instance, if someone were to tell you, “Oh, look on the right, there is a rainbow.” You will never answer, “I will look at it tomorrow.”
(Project for 6-8 Miles – 3.000 Umbrellas; Height 12 Feet, Diameter 18 Feet)
The Umbrellas (Japan and U.S)
The Wall – 13,000 oil barrels (indoor installation)
Gasometer Oberhausen, Germany