Christo’s Wrapped Arc de Triomphe Opens to the Public

The temporary installation of artists Christo and Jeanne Claude, called the L’Arc de Triomphe Wrapped, was opened to the public on September 18. The Parisian landmark is currently covered in recyclable silvery-blue fabric covering 25.000 m2. Red rope covers the installation and transforms the urban environment. Jad Sylla, a photographer, captured the entire installation.

© Jad Sylla Photography

It will look like a living thing, which comes to life when it is exposed to the light. The monument’s surface will be sensualized as the folds will move. Christo said that people will want to touch and feel the Arc de Triomphe. As the temporary project is a fascinating sight, the intervention attracted large crowds over the weekend. On Saturday and Sunday, the road junction around the monument, Champs-Elysees, and other streets nearby were closed to traffic, allowing people unrestricted access to the installation.

© Jad Sylla Photography

Christo first created the intervention in 1962. In 2017, Christo re-introduced the idea to the Centre Pompidou, who proposed a retrospective on the Parisian period in his artistic career. The project finally comes to life almost 60 years after it was first proposed. However, it has been completed posthumously. The installation, like many of Jeanne-Claude’s urban interventions was funded by Christo and JeanneClaude through the sale their artwork. This aspect was a sign of their artistic freedom.

© Jad Sylla Photography
© Jad Sylla Photography
© Jad Sylla Photography
© Jad Sylla Photography
© Jad Sylla Photography
© Jad Sylla Photography

Jeanne-Claude and Christo, a late artistic duo, were well-known for their interventions in public spaces. Some of these interventions involved architectural landmarks like Pont Neuf in Berlin or the Reichstag. His team executed L’Arc de Triomphe Wrapped following the death of Christo in 2020. This project will be displayed until October 3rd.