Wikipedia, The Free
Christo (born Hristo Yavashev, Bulgarian: Христо
Явашев) and Jeanne-Claude are an artistic couple practicing
environmental, installation art. Their works include the wrapping of
the Reichstag in Berlin, and the Pont Neuf bridge in Paris, the
24-mile-long Running Fence in Marin and Sonoma, counties in California,
and The Gates, in New York City's Central Park.
Although their artwork is visually striking and often
controversial due to its size and scale, the artists have repeatedly
denied that their projects contain any deeper meaning. The purpose of
their art, they contend, is to simply make the world a "more beautiful
place" or offer a new way of looking at an old landscape. David Bourdon
has called Christo's wrappings a "revelation through concealing."
The couple maintain a partnership in all undertakings;
however, Jeanne-Claude has been understood to serve as the PR agent,
while Christo has appeared to
make the creative decisions. She has described their public personae as
having a "good cop / bad cop" dynamic.