Christo Vladimirov Javacheff, known to the art world just as Christo, created massive, landscape-sized works of art that captivated the world. He died at his home in New York of natural causes at age 84.
There was a true fearlessness to the work he and his partner, Jean Claude Denat de Guillebon created, from Japan to Colorado to Germany.
With a huge ambition that matched the scale of his projects, Christo succeeded in completing some of the most iconic land art projects in history. Below are some of Christo (and Jean Claude’s) most iconic installations over the last forty years.
“Christo lived his life to the fullest, not only dreaming up what seemed impossible but realising it,” said a statement from Christo’s office.
“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.”
“Valley Curtain” (1970-1972) in Rifle, Colorado.
“The Floating Piers” in Lake Iseo, Italy in June 2016
“Wrapped Reichstag” (1971-1995) in Berlin
“The Gates” in New York City, completed in February 2005
“The London Mastaba” in June 2018
“The Umbrellas”, Bakersfield, California, 1991
“Surrounded Islands” (1980-1983) in Biscayne Bay, Florida
‘The Umbrellas’ Japan, 1991
“The Pont Neuf Wrapped” in Paris (1975-1985)
A rendering of the 2021 project. Christo envisioned wrapping L’Arc de Triomphe