Friday, January 25, 2008
It's a wrap: Christo
The word for this week is WRAP
Who better to cover the topic of wrapping than Christo and Jeanne-Claude (no pun intended.) The couple became famous for wrapping monumental objects. Shown above is their wrapping of Pont Neuf in Paris.
While I was reading up on their work, it was interesting to learn more about their earlier pieces, many of which I hadn't seen before.
Exerpt from the book Christo:
"...In all of his early “Packages” Christo transforms familiar objects into ambivalent presence, sometimes rendering them unrecognizable and often raising doubts about their past, present and future identity and function...
...Wrapping can connote gifts, death, preservation and eros, but it almost always implies value - that the object is worthy of such attention. But while wrapping suggests worth, it also reduces everything to the level of object: the contained object is a physical thing before it is anything else."
It's a wrap!
(Sorry I couldn't resist.)
Posted by chewingthecud at 8:42 AM