Christo’s early education in Soviet Socialist Realism, and his experience fleeing his home as a refugee of political revolution, informed his career’s numerous forays into real-world politics as a primary subject and source of his artmaking. His 35-year collaboration with the artist Jeanne-Claude, and the large-scale site-specific works they co-authored, stand out as his career’s greatest achievements. Together, the duo created monumentally-scaled sculptures and installations which often utilized the technique of draping or wrapping large portions of existent landscapes, buildings, and industrial objects with specially engineered fabric.
“We fall in love with all the landscapes we use in our projects. We fell in love with with coastline of Australia, we fell in love with the Rocky Mountains and Valley Curtain. Every project is a slice of our lives, a particular moment in our lives and we’ll never do it again.”
“We do not own the projects, they are beyond ownership of the artists because freedom is the enemy of possession, that’s why these projects do not stay. They are absolutely related to artistic and aesthetic freedom.”