Christo and Jeanne-Claude (respectively, born June 13, 1935,Bulgaria; born June 13, 1935, Morocco—died November 18, 2009, New York, New York, U.S.), are environmental artists best known for their controversial monumental outdoor temporary installations, most notably the wrapping of world-famous architectonic icons like the „Wrapped Reichstag, Berlin“ 1995 or the project "The Gates, New York" (over 7'503 steel gates with orange colored fabric were stretched acres 37 km of walkaway in Central Park).
The important thing to understand is that all of our projects have a nomadic quality, things in transition, going away, they will be gone forever. And this quality is an essential part of all our work. They are airy—not heavy like stone, steel, or concrete blocks. They are passing through.
After Jeanne-Claude died in 2009, Christo continued to carry out the couple’s proposed projects:Big Air Package (2013) inflated an immense fabric dome within the cavernous Gasometer Oberhausen in Germany and The Floating Piers (2016) connected two islands in Lake Iseo in Italy. These monumental works, seen not only by those that would visit them but also by passersby, forced observers to confront questions regarding the nature of art and to reconsider a particular space. The purpose of these artworks are simply to create works of art for joy and beauty and to create new ways of seeing familiar landscapes.