Launched Ark de Triomphe with Macron wrapped

Paris-French President Emmanuel Macron began a posthumous installation on Thursday, devised by the late artist Christ. This installation wraps the Arc de Triomphe monument in Paris in 2,500 square meters of silver-blue recyclable plastic packaging.

“This is the achievement of a 60-year-old dream, and a crazy dream has come true,” said Macron, accompanied by his wife Bridget and officials from Culture Minister Rosline Bashro to Mayor of Paris and presidential candidate Anne Hidalgo. Said.

Macron was particularly pleased with the installation at the Arc de Triomphe as the monument “worried very much at the end of 2018”, alluding to the rebel’s “Yellow Vest” looting and vandalism at the Arc de Triomphe. I said that I am doing it. Protests degenerated in December 2018.

Inauguration of the Arc de Triomphe wrapped in Paris
The nephew of the late Bulgarian-born artist Cristo Vladimir Javachef (L) speaks with French President Emmanuel Macron on September 16, 2021 at the inauguration of Ark de Triomphe, wrapped in Paris, France. (LudovicMarin / Reuters)

The “L’Arc de Triomphe, Rap”, conceived by the late Bulgarian-born Christ in 1961, was finally realized by Christ’s nephew Vladimir Yavachev at a cost of about 14 million euros ($ 16.54 million).

Christo Javachef, the full name of Christo, was known for his larger installations.

He wrapped the Australian coastline and the Berlin Parliament and put a huge curtain on a part of the Colorado canyon. He worked closely with his wife Jeanne-Claude on the project.

The pair covered the Pont Neuf bridge in Paris with a yellow cloth in 1985.

Inauguration of the Arc de Triomphe wrapped in Paris
French President Emmanuel Macron (L) speaks with rope access engineers on September 16, 2021 at the inauguration of the wrapped Arc de Triomphe, designed by the late artist Christ in Paris, France. (LudovicMarin / Reuters)

The Arc de Triomphe project, which includes the most visited monument in Paris on one end of the Champs Elysees, allows tourists to visit this place and its panoramic terrace.

This monument is a homage to the Unknown Soldier, in the form of a memory flame that reignites daily. The installation will be held from September 18th to October 3rd.

Dominique Vidaron