In 1963, Christo wrapped the very first monument, one of the sculptures in the garden of the Villa Borghese in Rome, Italy. In the following year, he wrapped one of the gilded statues on the Place du Trocadéro in Paris, France.
Ever since, Christo and Jeanne-Claude tried to expand the concept of a Wrapped Monument to a much bigger scale. In 1967, on the occasion of the Festival du Marais, the artists proposed to wrap the equestrian statue of King Louis XIII in Paris, France. The project was never realized.
In 1974, Christo and Jeanne-Claude failed to get permission to wrap two of Geneva's landmarks, the Mur des Réformateurs and the monument to Général Dufour. Christo had lived in that city for several months before arriving in Paris in 1958. After moving to Paris, he often went back to Geneva to paint oil-on-canvas portraits in order to earn a living, since his early works were difficult to sell.
All of Christo and Jeanne-Claude's non-realized projects failed because permission was denied with only one exception, the Wrapped Monument to Cristobal Colón, Project for Barcelona, which was started in 1975. After having received two refusals, the permit was granted in 1984 by Pasqual Maragall, the Mayor of Barcelona, but the idea of a Wrapped Monument was no longer in the heart of the artists and Christo and Jeanne-Claude decided not to complete the project.