Wrapped Buildings, New York City


In February 1964, Christo and Jeanne-Claude arrived in New York on board of the SS France. Shortly after seeing the tall buildings of downtown Manhattan from the bow of the ship, Christo did the first collages of Two Lower Manhattan Wrapped Buildings, No. 2 Broadway and No. 20 Exchange Place. Later, when Christo and Jeanne-Claude met with the owners to request permission to realize the project, the answers were negative.

In early 1968, friend and art collector John Powers introduced Christo and Jeanne-Claude to the chairman of the board of Allied Chemical Corporation, hoping to get permission to wrap the Allied Chemical Tower, No. 1 Times Square in Manhattan, the former headquarters of The New York Times. After a few weeks of negotiations, the board refused to allow the artists to wrap the building.

Christo
"Lower Manhattan Packed Buildings" (Project) (2 Broadway and 20 Exchange Place)
Collage 1964-66
27 1/2 x 21 1/2" (69.8 x 54.6 cm)
Pencil, fabric, twine, photograph by Jeanne-Claude, charcoal, crayon, map, ballpoint pen and tape
Photo: Jeanne-Claude
© 1966 Christo
Two Lower Manhattan Packed Buildings (Project for New York City - 20 Exchange Place)
Christo
Two Lower Manhattan Packed Buildings (Project for New York City - 20 Exchange Place)
Collage 1966
28 x 22" (71 x 56 cm)
Pencil, fabric, twine, charcoal and wax crayon
Photo: Archive
© 1966 Christo
Lower Manhattan Packed Building (Project) 20 Exchange Place
Christo
Lower Manhattan Packed Building (Project) 20 Exchange Place
Scale model 1964
29 x 20 x 22" (73.7 x 51 x 56 cm)
Fabric, rope, twine, wood, pencil, wax crayon and enamel paint
Photo: André Grossmann
© 1964 Christo
Lower Manhattan Packed Buildings (Project) 2 Broadway and 20 Exchange Place
Christo
Lower Manhattan Packed Buildings (Project) 2 Broadway and 20 Exchange Place
Photomontage 1964-66 (Detail)
(20 1/2 x 29 1/2" (52 x 75 cm)
Pencil, charcoal, photographs by Raymond de Seynes, tracing paper and tape, on board
Formerly in the collection of Horace Solomon, New York City, USA
Photo: Raymond de Seynes
© 1966 Christo
This work is presently lost
Packed Building (Project for the Allied Chemical Tower, No 1 Times Square, New York City)
Christo
Packed Building (Project for the Allied Chemical Tower, No 1 Times Square, New York City)
Drawing 1968
50 x 36 1/4" (127 x 92 cm)
Pencil charcoal and wax crayon
Private collection
Photo: Eeva-Inkeri
© 1968 Christo
Packed Public Building (Project for Allied Chemical Tower, No 1, Times Square, in New York City)
Christo
Packed Public Building (Project for Allied Chemical Tower, No 1, Times Square, in New York City)
Drawing 1968
50 x 36" (127 x 91.5 cm)
Pencil, wax crayon and charcoal
Photo: André Grossmann
© 1968 Christo
Packed Building (Project for 1 Times Square, Allied Chemical Tower, New York)
Christo
Packed Building (Project for 1 Times Square, Allied Chemical Tower, New York)
Scale model 1968
27 x 20 x 32" (68.6 x 50.8 x 81.3 cm)
Fabric, twine, rope, polyethylene, wood and paint
Photo: Eeva-Inkeri
© 1968 Christo
Packed Building (Project for 1 Times Square, Allied Chemical Tower N.Y.)
Christo
Packed Building (Project for 1 Times Square, Allied Chemical Tower N.Y.)
Collaged photographs 1968 (Detail)
18 1/8 x 10 1/4" (46 x 26 cm)
Pencil, photographs by Harry Shunk, wax crayon, tape, ballpoint pen and map
Photo: Shunk-Kender
© 1968 Christo