‘Crazy dream’: Macron unveils wrapped Arc de Triomphe

‘Crazy dream’: Macron unveils wrapped Arc de Triomphe

French President Emmanuel Macron unveiled a surreal and spectacular sight in Paris on Thursday: the entire 50-metre-high Arc de Triomphe wrapped in fabric, fulfilling the long-held dream of late artist Christo. The imposing war memorial has been wrapped in 25,000 square metres (270,000 square feet) of silver-blue recyclable polypropylene. It is the signature of Bulgarian-born artist Christo, who died last year, and his wife and collaborator Jeanne-Claude. They had dreamt of sheathing the monument since renting a nearby apartment in the 1960s, but neither lived to see their strange vision come to life. “We spare a thought for Christo and Jeanne-Claude,” said Macron as he inaugurated the artwork from atop the monument. “They would have been moved since it is the culmination of a 60-year dream,” the president said. He was flanked by Paris mayor (and rival for the presidency next year) Anne Hidalgo, as well as former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg.
French President Emmanuel Macron unveiled a surreal and spectacular sight in Paris on Thursday: the entire 50-metre-high Arc de Triomphe wrapped in fabric, fulfilling the long-held dream of late artist Christo. The imposing war memorial has been wrapped in 25,000 square metres (270,000 square feet) of silver-blue recyclable polypropylene. It is the signature of Bulgarian-born artist Christo, who died last year, and his wife and collaborator Jeanne-Claude. They had dreamt of sheathing the monument since renting a nearby apartment in the 1960s, but neither lived to see their strange vision come to life. “We spare a thought for Christo and Jeanne-Claude,” said Macron as he inaugurated the artwork from atop the monument. “They would have been moved since it is the culmination of a 60-year dream,” the president said. He was flanked by Paris mayor (and rival for the presidency next year) Anne Hidalgo, as well as former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg.