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Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s wrap of L’Arc de Triomphe reads like a salient point on hollow glory

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Like so many of the projects of Christo (1935-2020) and his wife Jeanne-Claude (1935-2009), wrapping the Arc de Triomphe was an impressive logistical feat. Much of the media attention has understandably focused on the scale of the project (270,000 square feet of polypropylene fabric, shimmery gray to match the zinc roofs of Paris; almost 1.9 miles of red rope), the number of workers involved (1,200), the technical challenges (protecting the arch’s sculptural reliefs and nesting falcons), the bureaucratic impediments, and the delays caused by environmental concerns and then covid.

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