Wrapped Bridges


The oldest bridge in Rome, the Ponte Sant'Angelo, which links the Vatican and the City of Rome, was the first one Christo and Jeanne-Claude proposed to wrap, in 1967. At the same time, they also had their first proposal for a wrapped museum, the Galleria Nazionale. They failed to get permission also.

Although Christo made some collages using the Sydney Harbor Bridge when he and Jeanne-Claude were in Australia in 1969 to realize the Wrapped Coast, they never officially asked permission to wrap the bridge.

Three years later, the artists considered to wrap the Pont Alexandre III in Paris but soon abandonned the idea, because the towerless one-arch bridge offered a profile which Christo and Jeanne-Claude considered too skinny, and it also was not really used by pedestrians.

Finally, in 1975, Christo and Jeanne-Claude decided to wrap the Pont-Neuf, the oldest bridge in Paris. The project was realized ten years later.

Ponte S. Angelo Wrapped (Project for Ponte S. Angelo at Longotevere Castello, Longotovere Vaticano, Longotevere D. Altoviti, Longotevere Tore di Nona) Roma
Christo
Ponte S. Angelo Wrapped (Project for Ponte S. Angelo at Longotevere Castello, Longotovere Vaticano, Longotevere D. Altoviti, Longotevere Tore di Nona) Roma
Collage 1969
28 x 22" (71 x 56 cm)
Pencil, fabric, twine, charcoal and wax crayon
The Collection of George Weston Limited, Toronto, Canada
Photo: Weston Collection
© 1969 Christo
Ponte S. Angelo Wrapped (Project for Ponte San Angelo and Longotevere Castello, Longotevere Vaticano, Longotevere D. Altoviti, Longotevere Tore di Nona - Roma)
Christo
Ponte S. Angelo Wrapped (Project for Ponte San Angelo and Longotevere Castello, Longotevere Vaticano, Longotevere D. Altoviti, Longotevere Tore di Nona - Roma)
Collage 1969
22 x 28" (56 x 71 cm)
Pencil, fabric, twine, charcoal, wax crayon and pastel
Collection Mr. and Mrs. Simon Bonnier, Sollentuna, Sweden
Photo: Eeva-Inkeri
© 1969 Christo
Wrapped Bridge (Project for Sydney Harbor Bridge)
Christo
Wrapped Bridge (Project for Sydney Harbor Bridge)
Collage 1969
28 x 22" (71 x 56 cm)
Pencil, polyethylene, twine, photostats, crayon, charcoal, paint, hand drawn map on tracing paper and tape
New England Regional Art Museum, Armidale, Australia (Chandler Coventry Collection)
Photo: Archive
© 1969 Christo
Wrapped Bridge (Project for Sydney Harbor Bridge)
Christo
Wrapped Bridge (Project for Sydney Harbor Bridge)
Collage 1969
28 x 22" (71 x 56 cm)
Pencil, polyethylene, twine, photostats, crayon, charcoal, paint, hand drawn map on tracing paper and tape
Private collection
Photo: Shunk-Kender
© 1969 Christo
Wrapped Bridge (Project for le Pont Alexandre III - Des Invalides 1900 - Paris)
Christo
Wrapped Bridge (Project for le Pont Alexandre III - Des Invalides 1900 - Paris)
Drawing 1972
22 x 28" (56 x 71 cm)
Pencil, charcoal and pastel
Private collection
Photo: Eeva-Inkeri
© 1972 Christo
Wrapped Bridge (Project for le Pont Alexandre III - Des Invalides 1900 - Paris)
Christo
Wrapped Bridge (Project for le Pont Alexandre III - Des Invalides 1900 - Paris)
Drawing 1973
28 x 22" (71 x 56 cm)
Pencil, pastel and charcoal
Private collection
Photo: Archive
© 1973 Christo