Weng Contemporary


Wrapped Globe (Eurasian Hemisphere)-Christo-1

Christo's 2019 edition “Wrapped Globe (Eurasian Hemisphere)” carries the essence of our current political and climate discussions. The artist revisits his idea of a wrapped earth as initially created and published on TIME magazine´s cover (2 January 1988). A then wrapped Earth, depicting North and South America, with a transparent plastic wrap hugging its entire scope in front of a baking- hot sunset. The title on the magazine was "Endangered Earth". The image cover brought awareness to nations on the subject of climate pollution and signs of global warming. Thirty-one years later and in the same manner, he has now covered the globe with a thicker, semi-transparent plastic foil and tied it with a light string. The sun has already set but the darkness has not yet fallen and a mere milky background neutralizes the composition. For the first time a nude faceless and unidentified figure emerges to be holding the Earth's weight on his or her back as well as facing with the consequences along from the first warning in 1988. At 85 x 75 cm, "Wrapped Earth" is unusually large for Christo´s work. The usage of the different mixed media (pencil, charcoal, pastel, wax crayon, plastic sheeting, twine, enamel paint and masking tape on brown board) gives the collage a very special feel, in the same manner as with an unique work. This intimate work allows the viewer to trace Christo´s movements on the silkscreen and expose every move on how this edition was created.

“ We tell them that we believe it will be beautiful because that is our speciality, we only create joy and beauty. We have never done a sad work. Through the drawings, we hope a majority will be able to visualize it. „