Wrapped Monuments

Milan, Italy
1970

The monument to the king of Italy Vittorio Emanuele II, on Piazza del Duomo, and the monument to Leonardo da Vinci, on Piazza della Scala, were wrapped with polypropylene fabric and red polypropylene rope, in the fall of 1970, in Milan, Italy.

The fabric had been sewn beforehand according to patterns allowing ample folds. The two wrapped monuments could be seen from the center of the Galleria, simultaneously, at each extremity of the XIX-century grand vaulted pedestrian shopping passageway. The monument to Vittorio Emanuele II projected in front of the late XIV-century-cathedral, the Duomo, while the monument to Leonardo da Vinci was situated in front of the XVIII-century La Scala theater and the Milan City Hall.

All expenses were borne by the artists.

The Wrapped Monument to Vittorio Emanuele II remained for two days, while the Wrapped Monument to Leonardo da Vinci remained for one week.

Wrapped Monument to Vittorio Emanuele (Project for Piazza de Duomo, Milano)
Christo
Wrapped Monument to Vittorio Emanuele (Project for Piazza de Duomo, Milano)
Collage 1970
28 x 22" (71 x 56 cm)
Pencil, fabric, twine, charcoal, pastel, wax crayon and map
Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England
Photo: Shunk-Kender
© 1970 Christo
Wrapped Monument to Vittorio Emanuele (Project for Milano, Piazza de Duomo)
Christo
Wrapped Monument to Vittorio Emanuele (Project for Milano, Piazza de Duomo)
Collage 1970
28 x 22" (71 x 56 cm)
Pencil, fabic, twine, pastel, wax crayon and charcoal
Photo: Shunk-Kender
© 1970 Christo
Christo during the construction of Wrapped Monument to Vittorio Emanuele II
Christo during the construction of Wrapped Monument to Vittorio Emanuele II
1970
Photo: Ugo Mulas
© 1970 Christo
Wrapped Monument to Vittorio Emanuele II, Piazza del Duomo, Milan, Italy, 1970
Christo and Jeanne-Claude
Wrapped Monument to Vittorio Emanuele II, Piazza del Duomo, Milan, Italy, 1970
Photo: Shunk-Kender
© 1970 Christo
Wrapped Monument to Vittorio Emanuele II, Piazza del Duomo, Milan, Italy, 1970
Christo and Jeanne-Claude
Wrapped Monument to Vittorio Emanuele II, Piazza del Duomo, Milan, Italy, 1970
Photo: Shunk-Kender
© 1970 Christo
Wrapped Monument to Vittorio Emanuele II, Piazza del Duomo, Milan, Italy, 1970
Christo and Jeanne-Claude
Wrapped Monument to Vittorio Emanuele II, Piazza del Duomo, Milan, Italy, 1970
Photo: Shunk-Kender
© 1970 Christo
Wrapped Monument to Leonardo (Project for Milano, Piazza della Scala)
Christo
Wrapped Monument to Leonardo (Project for Milano, Piazza della Scala)
Drawing 1970
28 x 22" (71 x 56 cm)
Pencil, charcoal and wax crayon
Collection Paul Jolles-Berne
Photo: Shunk-Kender
© 1970 Christo
Wrapped Monument to Leonardo da Vinci, Piazza della Scala, Milan, Italy, 1970
Wrapped Monument to Leonardo da Vinci, Piazza della Scala, Milan, Italy, 1970
Photo: Ugo Mulas
© 1970 Christo
Wrapped Monument to Leonardo da Vinci, Piazza della Scala, Milan, Italy, 1970
Christo and Jeanne-Claude
Wrapped Monument to Leonardo da Vinci, Piazza della Scala, Milan, Italy, 1970
Photo: Shunk-Kender
© 1970 Christo
Wrapped Monument to Leonardo da Vinci, Piazza della Scala, Milan, Italy, 1970
Christo and Jeanne-Claude
Wrapped Monument to Leonardo da Vinci, Piazza della Scala, Milan, Italy, 1970
Photo: Shunk-Kender
© 1970 Christo
Wrapped Monument to Leonardo da Vinci, Piazza della Scala, Milan, Italy, 1970
Christo and Jeanne-Claude
Wrapped Monument to Leonardo da Vinci, Piazza della Scala, Milan, Italy, 1970
Photo: Shunk-Kender
© 1970 Christo