Christo and Jeanne-Claude confront what does exist with what they alone have determined can exist as a dramatic and beautiful form. Their art is the result of intelligence and aesthetic intuition added to the natural and built environment.
Christo and Jeanne-Claude's art is a unique mixture of self-assertion and self-effacement. Their permanent identification with places and historic structures is by the force of art. They borrow land, public structures and spaces. Sites used and built by others and already freighted with associations that may or may not have anything to do with art. The artists believe the temporary nature of their projects gives them more energy and intensifies our response. But once they have wrapped a structure or intervened in a place, they are forever associated with that site.
They are sensitive to the beauty and expressive character of the continuously sustained complex spatial relationships possible with their octagonal umbrellas on diffe