The Arc de Triomphe, covered from top to bottom in April 2020

The Arc de Triomphe, covered from top to bottom in April 2020

It took a fearless artist to concoct the idea of cloaking the Pont Neuf bridge in 1985. That feat was the work of Christo and his wife Jeanne-Claude. As early as 1961, they had imagined the same fate for the Arc de Triomphe, one of the key emblems of Paris. Jeanne-Claude passed away in 2009. Christo did not allow himself to be discouraged. Instead, he continued to advocate for the completely mad idea. Their plan will finally see the light of day in 2020. Like a siren in silvery-blue hues, the Arc will be entirely wrapped up from 6 to 19 April. This gigantic temporary piece will require 25,000 metres of fabric and 7,000 metres of rope. The artistic meaning? This work of art is the reflection of a desire to better reveal the structure to the world by concealing it. What could be more palpable to the eyes than searching for what is hiding behind the veil?

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