The Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped

  • Exhibition

Christo, in collaboration with the Centre des monuments nationaux and the Centre Pompidou imagined a temporary artwork in Paris by wrapping the Arc de Triomphe in blue fabric and red rope.

35 years after wrapping the Pont Neuf in Paris, Christo planned to make the Arc de Triomphe disappear under 25,000 square metres of recyclable blue-silver polypropylene fabric and 7,000 metres of red rope. Christo died on 31 May 2020 but his project remains as relevant as ever. After having been planned in 2020, it will be visible from 18 September to 3 October 2021.

The project itself dates back to 1962, when Christo carried out preparatory studies for the Arc de Triomphe, as well as a photomontage showing the packed monument. The project remained in the boxes, and it took sixty years to come to fruition.

During the whole period when the work will be visible, the space under the Arc de Triomphe overhanging the sacred slab where the Flame of the Nation is permanently burning in front of the tomb of the unknown soldier will be preserved.

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From 18/09 to 03/10/2021, daily.

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