The artist Christo, known for creating monumental, yet temporary, public art installations around the world with his late wife Jeanne-Claude, died on May 31 at the age of 84.
Their work often involved large swathes of fabric, draped over structures or blowing in the wind. Bringing their expansive vision to life sometimes took decades, as the artists engineered the concepts, raised the necessary funds, and cleared legal and environmental hurdles to secure permits and permissions—that could require getting permission from the government, judges, landowners, environmental groups, and local residents, to name just a few stakeholders.
The Gates, their famous installation in New York City’s Central Park in 2005, took 26 years to complete. Over a half century of work, the duo realized 23 of their ambitious projects—and another 47 exist in concept alone.
Here, see photographs of some of Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s most important completed works, from their Berlin Wall protest piece, Wall of Oil Barrels—The Iron Curtain, erected illegally in Paris in 1962, to 2018’s The London Mastaba, a massive stack of 7,506 barrels floated on Hyde Park’s Serpentine Lake in London.