The iconic Paris landmark will be covered in silvery blue fabric and red rope for 16 days. It’s not often that one of the world’s most iconic landmarks gets a makeover, but this fall, Paris’s Arc de Triomphe is getting a temporary new look after more than a year of delays due to the pandemic. By Jessica Poitevien
The idea of enveloping the Arc de Triomphe in fabric first came to Christo and his late wife, Jeanne-Claude, in 1962 when they lived in a small rented room near the Parisian monument. Although neither of them will be there to see their vision come to life, the piece, titled “L’Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped,” will move forward after Bastille Day on July 14, 2021.
Construction on the 14-million-euro project is expected to last 12 weeks, with the grand unveiling of the new look scheduled for Saturday, September 18, 2021. The piece will then be on display for 16 days through October 3. Deconstruction will then begin right away to prepare for Armistice Day in November.
“We can do this project without him today because [Christo and Jeanne-Claude] already drew up every visual and artistic aspect of it. This project is 100 per cent Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s project. It was his wish that this should happen even after he was gone. We are just realising his vision,” Christo’s nephew, Vladimir Javacheff, told The Guardian.