Since I kept track of a bit of the wrapping (in the 'Has Paris Changed?' thread), it was time to see the finished product.
I took the metro to Franklin D. Roosevelt since I wanted to walk up to the Arc.
It was interesting to note that the Champs Elysées was not closed to traffic today, but the crowds decided that the space was theirs anyway, in spite of police bull horns. But I arrived at the reserved area.
Frankly, it was prettier than I expected.
To get up close, there was a security check and also the obligation to show one's vaccination pass.
Social distancing was out of the question, but a lot of people kept their masks on anyway.
Here are the cords holding the wrapping.
And this is the fabric. It is rougher than canvas and seems stronger.
Thanks for posting these up close and personal photos of Christo's recent "installation". I have very fond memories of being in NYC when he swaddled a large section of Central Park in 2005 with a silky like saffron fabric, known as "The Gates" It was magical.
I'm curious as to how he got this commission and who finances it?
"Learn silence. With the quiet serenity of a meditative mind, listen, absorb, transcribe, and transform" - Pythagoras
It is 100% financed by the Christo and Jeanne-Claude foundation, just like every other installation that he ever did. Sales of models and sketches pay for everything, not a single euro to be paid by taxpayers.
Christo actually worked on this project for 60 years, because it was one of his first ideas when he was in his 20s. He never thought it would happen, but President Macron finally gave the green light when he came to power.
More than pretty, it is beautiful...wonder-ful. I remember when he wrapped a section of rocky headland in Sydney about 40 years ago. It looked weird while it was being done but when it was finished everyone said "AAAH" with big smiles on their faces. There is a doco telling the story.
(Now I'm going back to look at K2 's great pics of Paris rapt)
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Nice pictures, Kerouac, and thanks for bringing us a variety of views. I find it interesting to see how the inside of the Arc is wrapped, too. I assume it had to be done carefully and respectfully.
Speaking of respect, work stopped completely every day between 18:00 and 19:00 because that is the hour of the daily official ceremony at the tomb of the unknown soldier during which the eternal flame is "rekindled."
I like the pics, as usual but i dislike the wrapping. I don't find it beautiful and i see it as a kidnapping of monuments. Imagine the Aussie who goes for a one trip in his life to Europe. Back, he is asked how the Arc was. - dunno, it was covered, being under repair i guess...
I catch your drift Whatagain. There have been a few disappointments for us when in Paris over the years. Either something is closed or under repair. I've had to learn to say "Öh well, I'll see that next time"! If I didn't shrug it off I would spoil my whole holiday. I was thinking back to the cleaning up of the Canal Saint Martin some years back now. How disappointing for tourists not to see that lovely waterway glistening like a ribbon running through the area. However, luckily I have slept beside it, walked along it and had one of those boat rides from one end to the other - Now all I want is to be there for the next clean-up as that would interest me for hours.