Environmental Art

My previous post made me think of an artist I learned about in an introductory art class I took in college. Out of all the artists I learned about, this particular artist and his work made the strongest impression on me. Christo Vladimirov Javacheff, or Christo as he’s known, is a Bulgarian environmental artist who, along with his wife and partner Jeanne-Claude, creates art that works off familiar landscapes but in a new beautiful way. Because their work involves large outdoor installations, their creations are often temporary and intangible. And as Christo voices, “it takes much greater courage to create things to be gone than to create things that will remain.”

The Umbrellas, Japan:

Wrapped Trees, Switzerland:

The Gates, New York City:

Christo and Jeanne-Claude have a project in the works which involves covering miles of the Arkansas River with panels of shiny silver fabric. Read more about it here.

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