Wrapped Trees by Christo & Jeanne-Claude
Hand Signed by Christo & Jeanne-Claude, along with photographer Wolfgang Volz to the Title Page
Hardback Limited Edition in Slipcase with Art Print & Fabric Sample
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Limited Art Edition of 1,000 copies, each signed by Christo, Jeanne-Claude, and Wolfgang Volz, with an original cibachrome print and a piece of the original project fabric.
In Autumn 1998, after the trees around Fondation Beyeler and in the Berower Park had shed their leaves, Christo and Jeanne-Claude wrapped 162 trees—some up to 25 meters high—with 55,000 square meters of polyester fabric and 23 kilometers of rope. The effect of light and weather on the translucent material created a kind of amorphous sculptural choreography, an ever-changing variety of shapes, surfaces, and colors. The fabric, used every winter in Japan to protect trees from frost and heavy snow, lent the trees the appearance of precious and fragile objects. The Fondation Beyeler project was a pièce de résistance for Christo and Jeanne-Claude, and an extension and expansion of many years of interest in the concept of wrapped trees. By 1998, the artist pair renowned for their environmental interventionshad worked on trees for over three decades. In 1966, they wrapped a 10-meter-high tree in a personal exhibition in the Stedelijk van Abbe Museum in Eindhoven. In the same year they worked on a wrapped trees project for Forest Park in Saint Louis, Missouri, and in 1968 for the Museum of Modern Art In New York. In 1969, Two Wrapped Trees were exhibited in Sydney. Packed full of exclusive images and documentation, this volume traces the expansive history of Wrapped Trees as well as the project’s realization story, from start to finish. It includes preparatory drawings, collages, and plans from Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s archive, as well as numerous photographs of the final Wrapped Trees.
About the Artists: Christo and Jeanne-Claude began their collaboration in 1961, and have lived in New York City since 1964. Jeanne-Claude died in 2009. Their large-scale projects include Wrapped Coast, Australia, 1968–69; Valley Curtain, Rifle, Colorado, 1970–72; Running Fence, Sonoma and Marin Counties, California, 1972–76; Surrounded Islands, Biscayne Bay, Florida, 1980–83; The Pont Neuf Wrapped, Paris, 1975–85; The Umbrellas, Japan–USA, 1984–91; Wrapped Reichstag, Berlin, 1971–95; Wrapped Trees, Riehen, Switzerland, 1997–98; The Gates, Central Park, New York City, 1979–2005; and The Floating Piers, Lake Iseo, Italy, 2014–16.
About the Photographer: Wolfgang Volz has worked with Christo and Jeanne-Claude as the exclusive photographer of their works since 1971. He was also project director (with Roland Specker) for Wrapped Reichstag and (with Josy Kraft) for Wrapped Trees, and was in charge of The Wall – 13,000 Oil Barrels, Gasometer Oberhausen, Germany, 1998-99 and Big Air Package, Gasometer Oberhausen, Germany, 2010-13. His close collaboration has resulted in many books and more than 300 exhibitions in museums and galleries around the world.
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