After two months of work, the painting of the iconic Arc de Triomphe in Paris has been fully finished with canvas, thus fulfilling the life-long dream of Bulgarian and French painters Christo and Jean-Claude.
Until October 3, the historic monument will be decorated with 25,000 square meters of blue and silver fabric, and 3,000 meters of red rope.
This long-awaited project was for the duo Christo and Jean-Claude, both of whom did not live to see the completion of the project.
Jean-Claude passed away in 2009, and Christo passed away in 2020 after a long career in which the duo wrapped iconic buildings in canvas around the world, including the Reichstag building in Berlin and Pont Neuf in Paris.
Before his death, Christo had already finalized plans for the Arc de Triomphe that were initially scheduled to take place in the fall of 2020.
But after the death of the painter at the age of 84 due to the Corona virus pandemic, the project had to be postponed. The cost of decorating the monument with cloth amounted to about 14 million euros ($16.4 million) and was financed by Christo himself, through the sale of drawings and posters, among other things.
More than 1,000 workers, engineers and climbers worked on the project, which dates back to the 1960s.
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