The Christo-Designed Wrap of the Arc de Triomphe: A Photo Journey

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The Christo-Designed Wrap of the Arc de Triomphe: A Photo Journey
The unveiling of the veiling of the Arc de Triomphe drew crowds of event lovers this past weekend in shimmering Indian summer sun. And light, as visitors learn in looking at the draped monument, is an important factor in the design created by Christo and his wife Jeanne-Claude in 1962. The grand opening. © Meredith Mullins Now, 60 years later, their plans have become a luminous reality, as the couple wanted their installations to be implemented by their team after they died. Jeanne-Claude died in 2009, and Christo died in 2020, just before the original installation was scheduled. More than 1000 workers made the design a reality. Photo by Benjamin Loyseau © 2021 Christo and Jeanne-Claude Foundation The recyclable silver/blue material takes on the colors and tones of the surrounding environment, as well as the light and shadow effects of the sculptural draping. It simplifies the form of the Arc de Triomphe and covers its intricate carvings. In so doing, this artistic adventure transforms the familiar historic symbol into something to be seen very differently, if only for 16 days. A lightness of being under the arch. © Meredith Mullins A living sculpture. © Meredith Mullins “It will be like a living object that will move in the wind and reflect the light. With its moving folds, the monument’s surface will become sensual. People will want to touch the Arc de Triomphe.” (Christo)

Lead photo credit : The Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped. © Meredith Mullins

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Meredith Mullins is an internationally exhibited fine art photographer and instructor based in Paris. Her work is held in private and museum collections in Europe and the U.S. and can be seen at or in her award-winning book "In A Paris Moment." (If you’re in Paris, a few rare, signed copies are available at Shakespeare and Company and Red Wheelbarrow.) She is a writer for OIC Moments and other travel and education publications.


  • Kay Rousseau
    2021-09-23 06:09:04
    Kay Rousseau
    Inspiring photographs and written observations, especially for those of us who cannot see this in person. I wish it wasn't being dismantled so soon !