Christo and Jeanne-Claude completely fund their multi-million dollar environmental installations themselves. They do not accept volunteers and they pay everyone involved in the process appropriately.
“They have never accepted sponsorship of any kind, they never will, because they value their Freedom most of all. Also they never create a work in collaboration with other artist, nor do they accept the ideas of others for the choice of a site for their work. The search for freedom is the reason why Christo escaped from his native country Bulgaria, at age 21, while it was under Communist rule. Christo and Jeanne-Claude will never allow any kind of “strings attached.” They refuse all commercial involvement – at any price. They have refused a one million dollars fee for a 60 second commercial on Japanese television, in 1988.”