Sun, 17 Oct 2021

Usually a busy traffic hub, the Place Charles de Gaule Etoile was cordoned off for pedestrians - who were required to produce health passes - and who were able to touch the €14m installation.

Some 25,000 square metres of recyclable polypropylene fabric have been bound together by 3,000 metres of rope to make the artwork a reality.

Known for his massive, ephemeral public art displays, the Bulgarian-born Christo was working on the Paris project when he passed away in New York in May 2020, aged 84.

It was a dream 60 years in the making, with Christo and his French wife Jeanne-Claude - who have already wrapped Paris's Pont Neuf bridge - first conceiving the idea back in 1962.

Entirely self-financed, the artwork will be on display until 3 October.

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Originally published on RFI

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