Christo, The Artist Who Transformed Cities

Christo, The Artist Who Transformed Cities

Christo Vladimirov Javacheff, a global artist, recently died on May 21, 2020.

Christo was born on June 13, 1935 in Gabrovo, Bulgaria and studied at the Fine Arts Academy in Sofia.

Eventually, Christo moved to New York and lived in the city for 56 years. 

Photograph by Wolfgang Volz

Christo and his partner Jeanne-Claude, who died in 2009, created monumental environmental large-scale works of art.

The pair traveled and stunned viewers with their temporary sculptures worldwide. 

“Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s artwork brought people together in shared experiences across the globe, and their work lives on in our hearts and memories.”

The artists covered the coast of Little Bay in Sydney in blowing white fabric, wrapped the Reichstag in Berlin, covered hillsides in Japan with colorful umbrellas, hung a curtain across a Colorado valley, and more.

Photograph courtesy of Wolfgang Volz

In every instance, Christo and Jeanne-Claude's eye-catching work lasted only for a short time before the area was returned to its natural state.

Photograph courtesy of Wolfgang Volz

“Christo lived his life to the fullest, not only dreaming up what seemed impossible but realizing it,” his studio wrote.

In times of uncertainty, Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s work serves as a reminder that things will continue and life will go on.

There will always be good, beautiful things to look forward to.

Christo is no longer with us, but his legacy lives on through photographs, memories, and even new works that have been planned and will be carried out.

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