Street Art: Christo and Jeanne-Claude

Words by Mia Kingsley

For this week’s Street Art Update we have super sized from last week’s Slinkachu minis. Even if you wanted to you couldn’t miss Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s art work. They have taken street art to another level, wrapping entire buildings and even surrounding islands! We wondered how they do it? How much planning must be involved to pursue such a large project and so many of them! So I’ve done some research and found these super cool sketches presenting how the final work should turn out. Here are a few examples of plans and results, my favourite is of course the pink islands.

Wonderful yellow spots stretch as far as the eye can see, transforming the Californian landscape into a scene straight out of Alice in Wonderland!

Here is the great valley curtain hung between two Colorado mountains in 1972, made out 200,200 square feet of orange woven nylon.

Wrapped Walk Ways, 2.7 miles of pathway in the Jacob Loose memorial park in Kansas City, US were wrapped in saffron coloured fabric. Reminds me of the yellow brick road in the Wizard of Oz!

And here is my favourite from 1983, when eleven islands situated in the Biscayne Bay, Florida were surrounded with 6.5 million square feet of floating pink fabric.

If you dream big, big things will happen!


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