In the list of contemporary artists Christo is –together with people like Niki the Saint Phalle and David Hockney- far at our top.
They have in common that by working very hard and knowing what they want to create, they make the most special and original works of art, no matter what!
Christo 1935 – 2020 (Picture ARTnet)
It’s unbelievable the effort Christo spent for years and years, trying to achieve what people thougt impossible. Like the Floating Piers at Italy's Lake Iseo, wrapping up the pont Neuf in Paris and the Reichstag in Berlin.
It’s sad that this great artist passed away at the age of 84, but it’s good to know he went peacefully at his own home in New York.
I’m very glad that my daughter and I had the opportunity to travel to Berlin some 25 years ago to admire his enormous artwork, the wrapped up Reichstag. We couldn’t get enough of this special sight and within a few days we went three times to the impressive building to try and absorb the beauty. In the pictures I took, you can therefore detect several types of weather.
In the second picture the presence of birds allow you to see the gigantic size of the building; the last one was created, as you can see, by old-fashioned copying techniques ;-)
But more important, let’s cherish Christo’s personality and be inspired by his enthusiasm and never ending courage to realize his ideas by working constructively together with many people!
Let’s hope that wrapping up the Arc de Triomphe becomes the crown on his work.
May Christo rest in peace.