DÉCLIC INSPIRATIONS \\ CHRISTO⠀
Christo Vladimirov Javacheff, the artist simply known as Christo, passed away of natural causes last week at his home in New York City. He was 84 years old.
Christo was born on June 13, 1935 in Gabrovo, Bulgaria. In 1958, Christo went to Paris, where he met Jeanne-Claude Denat de Guillebon, not only his wife but life partner in the creation of monumental environmental works of art. Jeanne-Claude passed away on November 18, 2009. Christo lived in New York City for 56 years.⠀
From early wrapped objects to monumental outdoor projects, Christo and Jeanne-Claude's artwork transcended the traditional bounds of painting, sculpture and architecture. Some of their work included Wrapped Coast in Australia (1968–69), Valley Curtain in Colorado (1970–72), Running Fence in California (1972–76), Surrounded Islands in Miami (1980–83), The Pont Neuf Wrapped in Paris (1975–85), The Umbrellas in Japan and California (1984–91), Wrapped Reichstag in Berlin (1972–95), The Gates in New York’s Central Park (1979–2005), The Floating Piers at Italy's Lake Iseo (2014–16), and The London Mastaba on London's Serpentine Lake (2016–18).⠀
He and his wife, Jeanne-Claude (d. 2009), worked together for over 50 years on the theme of environmental art. They would often wrap monuments and geography to breathtaking scale, as well as create mega- structures from oil barrels. They had said that their projects contained “no deeper meaning than their immediate aesthetic impact; their purpose being simply for joy, beauty, and new ways of seeing the familiar”. As Cristo wrote in a letter in 1958 letter, 'Beauty, science and art will always triumph.'
Statement from Christo's office: "Christo lived his life to the fullest, not only dreaming up what seemed impossible but realizing it. Christo and Jeanne-Claude's artwork brought people together in shared experiences across the globe, and their work lives on in our hearts and memories. Christo and Jeanne-Claude have always made clear that their artworks in progress be continued after their deaths. Per Christo’s wishes, 'L'Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped' in Paris, France, is still on track for Sept. 18–Oct. 3, 2021."
DÉCLIC shares in these ideals and we wished to make special mention of this daring artist today.