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Christo, Surrounded Islands (Project for Biscayne Bay, Greater Miami, Florida), 1981, pencil, fabric, charcoal, wax crayon, pastel, aerial photograph and enamel paint, 11" × 28" (27.9 cm × 71.1 cm) 22" × 28" (55.9 cm × 71.1 cm) two parts © 2019 Christo

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Christo
b. 1935, Gabrovo, Bulgaria
Jeann-Claude
b. 1935, Casablanca, Morocco
d. 2009

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Born on the same day in 1935 in Gabrovo, Bulgaria and Casablanca, Morocco respectively, Christo and his late wife Jeanne-Claude, who died in 2009, began their collaboration in 1961 with their first outdoor temporary work Stacked Oil Barrels and Dockside Packages, Cologne Harbor, 1961.

A selection of their many celebrated public projects include Surrounded Islands, Biscayne Bay, Greater Miami, Florida, 1980-83; Wrapped Coast, One Million Square Feet, Little Bay, Sydney, Australia, 1968-69; Valley Curtain, Grand Hogback, Rifle, Colorado, 1970 – 72; Running Fence, Sonoma and Marin Counties, California, 1972-76; Wrapped Reichstag, Berlin, 1971-95; The Gates, Central Park, New York City, 1979-2005; and more recently The Floating Piers, Lake Iseo, Italy, 2014-16 and The London Mastaba, Serpentine Lake, Hyde Park, 2016-18

All of Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s projects are free and open to public, and are paid for through the sale of Christo’s original works of art. This process has allowed the artists full creative control and to freely pursue their singular aesthetic vision. Though they comprise an expansive array of materials and have occurred in diverse places around the world, all of Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s projects share a common impermanence—re-envisioning their environment, allowing viewers to see spaces with a new consciousness that lasts long after the work of art is removed.

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Christo, Surrounded Islands (Project for Biscayne Bay, Greater Miami, Florida), 1982, pencil, fabric, pastel, charcoal, wax crayon and aerial photograph, 11" × 28" (27.9 cm × 71.1 cm) 22" × 28" (55.9 cm × 71.1 cm) two parts © 2019 Christo

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Christo, Surrounded Islands (Project for Biscayne Bay, Greater Miami, Florida), 1983, pencil, fabric, pastel, charcoal, map, enamel paint and wax crayon, 28" × 11" (71.1 cm × 27.9 cm) 28" × 22" (71.1 cm × 55.9 cm) two parts © 2019 Christo