1,240 Oil Barrels Mastaba

Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
1968

The 1,240 Oil Barrels Mastaba was realized in conjunction with Christo’s exhibition at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia. The temporary installation was on view from October 5 to November 11, 1968.

The mastaba was made of 1,240 multicolored oil barrels, stacked in the museum’s atrium. The installation was almost two stories high, filling the whole fifty-by-fifty-foot gallery so that visitors could barely go around the structure.

It was the first time Christo and Jeanne-Claude had succeeded to do a large mastaba. The project was preceded by several other proposals, amongst them plans for Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna in Rome, Fondation Marguerite et Aimé Maeght in Saint-Paul de Vence, documenta IV in Kassel and The Museum of Modern Art in New York, all of which were not realized.

Christo
"1566 Oil Drums" - For Institut of Contemporary Art - Philadelphia Pennsylvania
Drawing 1968
22 x 28" (56 x 71 cm)
Pencil, crayon, enamel paint, charcoal and photograph on brown cardboard
The Collection of George Weston Limited, Toronto, Canada
Photo: Eeva-Inkeri
© 1968 Christo
Oil Barrels Mastaba (Project for ICA, Philadelphia)
Christo
Oil Barrels Mastaba (Project for ICA, Philadelphia)
Scale model 1968
7 1/2 x 24 x 18" (18.8 x 61 x 45.7 cm)
Wood, paint and enamel paint
The Collection of George Weston Limited, Toronto, Canada
Photo: André Grossmann
© 1968 Christo
1,240 Oil Barrels Mastaba, Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 1968
Christo and Jeanne-Claude
1,240 Oil Barrels Mastaba, Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 1968
Photo: Shunk-Kender
© 1968 Christo
1,240 Oil Barrels Mastaba, Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 1968
Christo and Jeanne-Claude
1,240 Oil Barrels Mastaba, Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 1968
Photo: Shunk-Kender
© 1968 Christo/Roy Lichtenstein Foundation
1,240 Oil Barrels Mastaba, Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 1968
Christo and Jeanne-Claude
1,240 Oil Barrels Mastaba, Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 1968
Photo: Shunk-Kender
© 1968 Christo/Roy Lichtenstein Foundation
1,240 Oil Barrels Mastaba, Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 1968
Christo and Jeanne-Claude
1,240 Oil Barrels Mastaba, Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 1968
Photo: Shunk-Kender
© 1968 Christo/Roy Lichtenstein Foundation
1,240 Oil Barrels Mastaba, Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 1968
Christo and Jeanne-Claude
1,240 Oil Barrels Mastaba, Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 1968
Photo: Shunk-Kender
© 1968 Christo/Roy Lichtenstein Foundation
1,240 Oil Barrels Mastaba, Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 1968
Christo and Jeanne-Claude
1,240 Oil Barrels Mastaba, Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 1968
Photo: Shunk-Kender
© 1968 Christo