Christo died peacefully in his New York City home on May 31, at the age of 84. No cause of death was given.
Christo Vladimirov Javacheff was born on exactly the same day as his future wife, June 13 1935, in Gabrovo, in what was then the Kingdom of Bulgaria, the second of three sons.
In 1969, Jeanne-Claude and Christo made an worldwide splash with "Wrapped Coast", in which they used erosion-control fabric and 35 miles of rope to literally wrap the cliff-lined coast of Little Bay, in Sydney, Australia. In 2005, he installed more than 7,500 saffron-colored vinyl gates in New York's Central Park.
Christo and Jeanne-Claude at the Newport Harbor Art Museum's exhibition of their "Running Fence" project on February 14, 1980.
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In accordance with Christo's wishes, the statement announcing his death also indicated the Paris project - the long-awaited wrapping of one of the world's most famous war memorials, the Arc de Triomphe - would go ahead. Despite Jeanne-Claude's essential role as manager, fundraiser, and co-conceptualizer, for years their work was attributed only to Christo due to their fear that a woman's name would hinder their success.
"Christo lived his life to the fullest, not only dreaming up what seemed impossible but realizing it", his office said.
His artworks "brought people together" around the world, the statement says.
Influential contemporary artist Hristo Vladimirov Javacheff "Christo" passed away of natural causes at the age of 84 in NY, his representatives announced little before midnight on May 31.
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It was in Paris in 1958 where he met Jeanne-Claude Denat de Guillebon. He did this by way of intervention - either by wrapping a building such as the Reichstag in Berlin in blue material, or a section of the Australian coastline in one million square feet of fabric - in both cases turning cold, hard structures into sensuous, fragile sculptures.
A total of 1,880 workers were used for the Umbrella project. "I will live with that tragedy to the end of my life", Christo said at the time.
Christo was preparing his latest art piece in Paris. In the instance of the Reichstag, he said, covering it with fabric made the Victorian sculptures, ornament and decoration disappear and, thus, highlighted, "The principal proportion of architecture". "The fabric is very sensual and inviting".
Christo willingly abandoned the Over the River project in 2017 after 20 years of planning and five years in legal fights. Lots of people objected to their enormous installations on public land, either because they didn't understand them or anxious about damage to the environment. The pair self-financed their art through the sale of Christo's preparatory studies and early works from the '50s and '60s, and they refused grants, sponsorships, or volunteer labor in order to maintain creative freedom. "I can't do a project that benefits this landlord".
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Christo and Jeanne-Claude made a point of paying for all of their works on their own and did not accept scholarship or donations.