The Mastaba

The Mastaba, a project for Abu Dhabi, was conceived in 1977. It will be the largest sculpture in the world and Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s only permanent large-scale work.

Below you will find downloadable, high-resolution photographs by Wolfgang Volz, images of preparatory drawings and collages by Christo, maps and HD video footage for non-commercial editorial press usage in conjunction with The Mastaba. By using the images and/or video footage, you agree to be bound by our Terms of Use.

For more images related to The Mastaba and other projects by Christo and Jeanne-Claude, visit photographer Wolfgang Volz's agency.

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Photographs / Images

Christo and Jeanne-Claude looking for a possible site for The Mastaba

Christo and Jeanne-Claude looking for a possible site for The Mastaba February 1982 Photo: Wolfgang Volz © 1982 Christo Print Size: 19 7/8 x 30" (50.4 x 76.4 cm)

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Christo and Jeanne-Claude scouting locations for the site of The Mastaba

Christo and Jeanne-Claude scouting locations for the site of The Mastaba October 2007 Photo: Wolfgang Volz © 2007 Christo Print Size: 5 1/4 x 7 7/8" (13.3 x 20 cm)

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Christo during a scale model test at the proposed site of The Mastaba

Christo during a scale model test at the proposed site of The Mastaba November 2011 Photo: Wolfgang Volz © 2011 Christo Print Size: 13 5/8 x 20 1/2" (34.7 x 52 cm)

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Christo in his studio with a preparatory drawing for The Mastaba

Christo in his studio with a preparatory drawing for The Mastaba 2012 Photo: Wolfgang Volz © 2012 Christo Print Size: 10 1/2 x 15 3/4" (26.7 x 40 cm)

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The Mastaba (Project for United Arab Emirates)

Christo The Mastaba (Project for United Arab Emirates) Drawing 2009 in two parts 15 x 65" and 42 x 65" (38 x 165 cm and 106.6 x 165 cm) Pencil, charcoal, wax crayon, pastel, technical data and map Photo: Wolfgang Volz © 2009 Christo Print Size: 9 3/4 x 10 3/4" (24.7 x 27.4 cm)

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The Mastaba (Project for Abu Dhabi, Al Gharbia, near Oasis of Liwa)

Christo The Mastaba (Project for Abu Dhabi, Al Gharbia, near Oasis of Liwa) Collage 2012 8 1/2 x 11" (21.5 x 28 cm) Pencil, wax crayon, photograph by Wolfgang Volz, enamel paint and tape Photo: André Grossmann © 2012 Christo Print Size: 7 5/8 x 10" (19.5 x 25.2 cm)

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The Mastaba (Project for Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates)

Christo and Jeanne-Claude The Mastaba (Project for Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates) Drawing 2012 in two parts 15 x 96" and 42 x 96" (38 x 244 cm and 106.6 x 244 cm) Pencil, charcoal, wax crayon, pastel, aerial photograph, hand-drawn technical data, enamel paint and tape Photo: André Grossmann © 2012 Christo Print Size: 9 1/4 x 15 1/4" (23.6 x 38.6 cm)

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The Mastaba of Abu Dhabi (Project for United Arab Emirates)

Christo The Mastaba of Abu Dhabi (Project for United Arab Emirates) Scale model 1979 32 1/2 x 96 x 96" (82.5 x 244 x 244 cm) Enamel paint, wood, paint, sand and cardboard Photo: Wolfgang Volz © 1979 Christo Print Size: 8 x 13 1/4" (20 x 34 cm)

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The Mastaba of Abu Dhabi (Project for United Arab Emirates)

Christo The Mastaba of Abu Dhabi (Project for United Arab Emirates) Collaged photographs 1979 (Detail) 22 x 14" (56 x 35.5 cm) Pencil and two photographs by Wolfgang Volz Photo: André Grossmann © 1979 Christo Each of the 410,000 oil barrels in The Mastaba will be 34 5/8 x 23 1/2" (88 x 59.6 cm). There will be 190,000 barrels whose circular ends will not be visible (on the top and sloping sides). They will be painted deep orange with a bright yellow strip in the middle. Of the barrels whose circular ends will be visible (on the two vertical, trapezoidal walls), the ends will be painted in 10 different colors: 113,244 bright yellow, 47,512 deep orange, 12,780 light pink, 11,648 pale brown, 10,455 ruby green, 7,298 grass green, 7,134 light ivory, 5,044 red lilac, 3,728 cobalt blue and 1,157 pastel green. Print Size: 17 1/4 x 12" (43.8 x 30.6 cm)

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The proposed site for The Mastaba

The proposed site for The Mastaba Photo: Wolfgang Volz The proposed site for The Mastaba is in Al Gharbia (Western Region) 100 miles (160 kilometers) south of the city of Abu Dhabi, about 6 miles (10 kilometers) north of Hamim in the Liwa desert. Print Size: 5 1/8 x 7 3/4" (13.1 x 19.7 cm)

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The Mastaba in comparison to the Great Pyramid of Giza (Pyramid of Cheops), Egypt

The Mastaba in comparison to the Great Pyramid of Giza (Pyramid of Cheops), Egypt Print Size: 6 1/2 x 10 7/8" (16.4 x 27.6 cm)

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Maps

The site of The Mastaba in the United Arab Emirates
The site of The Mastaba in the United Arab Emirates

The proposed site for The Mastaba is in Al Gharbia (Western Region) 100 miles (160 kilometers) south of the city of Abu Dhabi, about 6 miles (10 kilometers) north of Hamim in the Liwa desert. Print Size: 13 1/2 x 14 3/4" (34 x 37.5 cm)

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Videos

Computer simulation of The Mastaba

Computer simulation of Christo and Jeanne-Claude's work in progress, The Mastaba.

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