Christo and Jeanne-Claude.
Wrapped Reichstag, Berlin 1971-95 1971-95.
It was one of the best things I’ve ever seen.
100 climbers going up with double rope along the Reichstag’s facade, slowly opening this huge silver cover. There were no cranes or machines, just people going up and down in some kind of aerial ballet. It was 1995 and big crowds came to watch. Then, when it was finished, they approached to touch the fabric.
Five million people came to see it in two weeks but, for a long time, we never thought that the project could happen. My wife, Jeanne-Claude, and I came up with the idea of wrapping a public building for the first time back in 1961, during a show in Cologne. We made a collage with some text, saying that a prison or a parliament should be wrapped, since those are the only truly public buildings. It is much easier to wrap an art gallery, so we started with the Kunsthalle in Bern in 1968.
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- Title of artwork
- Wrapped Reichstag Berlin
- post card
- Gallery Stamp, Signed
- Vintage print
- Image size
- 15×10 cm