Christo and Jeanne-Claude – “The Urgency of ‘Now'”

Christo and Jeanne-Claude Wrapped Trees, Fondation Beyeler and Berower Park, Riehen, Switzerland 1997-98

Christo and Jeanne-Claude Wrapped Trees, Fondation Beyeler and Berower Park, Riehen, Switzerland 1997-98

Christo and Jeanne-Claude The Umbrellas, Japan - USA, 1984-91

Christo and Jeanne-Claude The Umbrellas, Japan - USA, 1984-91

“The temporality of a work of art creates a feeling of fragility, vulnerability and an urgency to be seen, as well as a presence of the missing, because we know it will be gone tomorrow.

The quality of love and tenderness that human beings have towards what will not last – for instance the love and tenderness we have for childhood and our lives – is a quality we want to give to our work as an additional aesthetic quality.

The fact that the work does not remain creates an urgency to see it. For instance, if someone were to say, “Oh, look on the right, there is a rainbow.”, one would never answer, “I will look at it tomorrow.”

Christo and Jeanne-Claude
Wolfgang Volz – Photography

Christo and Jeanne-Claude Wrapped Walk Ways, Loose Park, Kansas City, Missouri. 1977-78

Christo and Jeanne-Claude Wrapped Walk Ways, Loose Park, Kansas City, Missouri. 1977-78

Preparations for the next project:

Over the River, 2006-2013

Christo and Jeanne-Claude Over the River, A Work In Progress

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