Giant umbrellas stand in the rice fields of Jimba village 120 km north of Tokyo, in 1991, as part of artists Christo and Jean-Claude’s public art project Umbrellas. The Bulgarian-born artist has died, aged 84. Photo: AFP Giant umbrellas stand in the rice fields of Jimba village 120 km north of Tokyo, in 1991, as part of artists Christo and Jean-Claude’s public art project Umbrellas. The Bulgarian-born artist has died, aged 84. Photo: AFP
Giant umbrellas stand in the rice fields of Jimba village 120 km north of Tokyo, in 1991, as part of artists Christo and Jean-Claude’s public art project Umbrellas. The Bulgarian-born artist has died, aged 84. Photo: AFP

‘I like to be absolutely free’: Christo, artist known for massive outdoor projects with his wife Jeanne-Claude, and for self-funding their work, dies at 84

  • They wrapped the Reichstag in Berlin in fabric, the Pont Neuf in Paris, a section of Australia’s coast. Conceptual artists Christo and Jean-Claude were one-offs
  • With his death aged 84, 11 years after hers, their huge, ephemeral art will come to an end with the wrapping of L’Arc de Triomphe in Paris in September.

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Giant umbrellas stand in the rice fields of Jimba village 120 km north of Tokyo, in 1991, as part of artists Christo and Jean-Claude’s public art project Umbrellas. The Bulgarian-born artist has died, aged 84. Photo: AFP Giant umbrellas stand in the rice fields of Jimba village 120 km north of Tokyo, in 1991, as part of artists Christo and Jean-Claude’s public art project Umbrellas. The Bulgarian-born artist has died, aged 84. Photo: AFP
Giant umbrellas stand in the rice fields of Jimba village 120 km north of Tokyo, in 1991, as part of artists Christo and Jean-Claude’s public art project Umbrellas. The Bulgarian-born artist has died, aged 84. Photo: AFP
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