Monday, November 22, 2010

Christo and Jeanne-Claude

A drawing for Surrounded Islands, 1982, Biscayne Bay, Florida, in two parts

I found these thoughts by Christo and Jeanne-Claude in a book called Through the Gates and Beyond by Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan, and copied them into my notebook:

Nobody can buy these projects.
Nobody can own these projects.
Nobody can charge tickets for these projects.
Even we do not own these projects.

And later, about The Gates, "It touches people. And it makes people happy."

(Jeanne-Claude died last year.)



Lynx said...

Hi Mary,
Hope you are keeping well.
I briefly studied Christo in my A level. At one time I was considering covering one of my bushes in their style and developing that as an idea. Unfortunately the weather turned and I decided to stay indoors instead! They certainly do things on a grand scale. Are you going to do something with this, or is it just research?
Best wishes, Lynn

Mark said...

That was interesting

Mary said...

Thanks for comments Lynn and Mark. Something about the works of Christo and Jeanne-Claude I find strongly moving but the words to explain it won't come, it's somewhere out of reach. I just look and steep myself in it. The Gates in Central Park could be relevant to my Savannah study, just this weekend I found loads of interesting info on the web, it was highly controversial at the time. It doesn't matter not being able to see it, one can imagine, and there are great photos and maps and so forth.