Farnsworth Forum: Christo
The renowned artist Christo will speak on Jeanne-Claude's and his historic projects ranging over half a century, highlighting two extraordinary works in progress, Over The River Project for the Arkansas River, Colorado and The Mastaba Project for the United Arab Emirates. The artist will then answer questions from the audience.
Known throughout the world for their breath-taking and mind-bending monumental installations in great cities and beautiful natural settings, Christo and the late Jeanne-Claude moved permanently to New York in 1964. Working constantly throughout this country and abroad on challenging projects of various sizes, in 1972 they created the huge Valley Curtain, Colorado, and before long a series of beautiful and highly popular works appeared around the globe, including: Running Fence, Sonoma and Marin Counties, California (1976), Surrounded Islands, Biscayne Bay, Greater Miami, Florida (1983), The Pont Neuf Wrapped, Paris (1985), The Umbrellas, Japan-U.S.A. (1991), Wrapped Reichstag, Berlin (1995), and The Gates, Central Park, New York City (2005).
One of the current projects, Over The River is a two-week temporary work of art by Christo and Jeanne-Claude. The project was conceived in 1992 and calls for 5.9 miles of silvery, luminous fabric panels to be suspended high above the Arkansas River along a 42-mile stretch of the river between Salida and Cañon City in south-central Colorado. Fabric panels will be suspended at eight distinct areas of the river, selected by the artists for their aesthetic merits and technical viability.
The road running along the river will allow the project to be seen and enjoyed from above by car, bus or motorcycle, and from underneath the fabric panels by raft or kayak. Wide clearance between the banks and the edges of the fabric panels will create a play of contrast allowing sunlight to illuminate the river on both sides. When seen from underneath, the luminous and translucent fabric will highlight the contours of the clouds, the mountains and the vegetation.
The second work-in-progress, The Mastaba, a project for Abu Dhabi, was conceived in 1977. It will be the largest sculpture in the world, made from 410,000 multi-colored barrels to form a mosaic of bright sparkling colors, echoing Islamic architecture. The Mastaba is an ancient and familiar shape to the people of the region.
Christo and Jeanne-Claude's relationship with Abu Dhabi goes back to 1979 when they first visited the Emirate. They have returned many times since, creating a longstanding friendship with the people of Abu Dhabi. The Mastaba will be Christo and Jeanne-Claude's only permanent large-scale work.
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