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Arc de Triomphe Wrapped in Fabric as Late Artist's Vision Realized

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Paris’s Arc de Triomphe has been covered in 25,000 square meters of fabric as part of an art installation envisioned by the late artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude.

Timelapse footage released by France’s National Monuments Center shows the silvery-blue recyclable fabric unfurled over the iconic monument in the center of Paris.

According to the project’s website, the artwork was first dreamed up in 1962 by the late Bulgarian-born Christo, when he rented an apartment near the arch on first arriving in Paris. Its installation has been funded by the late artists’ estate.

“Christo and Jeanne-Claude have always made clear that their artworks in progress be continued after their deaths,” a statement read. “Per Christo’s wishes, L’Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped will be realized by his team.”

The work will be on display until October 3. Credit: Centre des Monuments Nationaux via Storyful

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