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Christo, artist known for massive, fleeting displays, dies

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The artist Christo has died Christo and his wife is on cloud were ambitious with their public art projects they built these massive installations that were both adored and also despised Cristo died of natural causes at his home in New York City yesterday he was eighty four years old here's NPR's Elizabeth Blair artist Christo yep a chaff was born in Bulgaria his father was a chemist and businessman who worked in textiles Cristo met John Clyde in Paris in nineteen fifty eight they were big dreamers who often needed years to get permission to build their projects they wrapped urban landmarks in fabrics like the pun nerf in Paris they scattered brightly colored umbrellas across valleys in Japan in California they surrounded islands in Biscayne Bay in floating pink fabric John Clyde died in two thousand nine at an event marking the opening of the gates in two thousand five she explains their artistic vision we wish to create are works of art of Chilean beauty and each one is a child of ours and we wish to create them in total freedom to maintain that freedom crystalline Sean Claude finance their projects with their own money off and spending millions of dollars Christopher said the funds came from sales of his early works to collectors and museums lots of people objected to their enormous installations on public land either because they didn't understand them or worried about damage to the environment one example an installation that called for draping panels of fabric above sections of the Arkansas River a group that successfully opposed the project it called itself a brewer or rags over the Arkansas River one of its members Ellen potter talked to NPR in twenty twelve I don't particularly considered an art project this is a construction project in in my view but Cristo embraced the detractors all that is part of the one who flocked to the work of art in well everything people who dislike or like the project they're part of the work of art Christo and Jeanne Claude wanted their art to transform the environment they worked on whether it was a single building islands or entire just as they wrote that even after the art is gone we see and perceive the whole environment with new eyes and a new consciousness

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