Christo’s Wrapped Objects explore the transformative effect fabric and tactile surfaces have when wrapped around familiar objects.
The concealment caused by the fabric challenges the viewer to reappraise the objects beneath and the space in which it exists. For those Wrapped Objects that are packaged in translucent polyethylene, little is left to the imagination, but the material gives the everyday objects an additional sculptural quality.
Christo and Jeanne-Claude brought this act of wrapping to much larger proportions when they applied it to the environment, whether in nature or with a man-made structure. While it is a common and important motif in the work of Christo and Jeanne-Claude, the last time the two artists ever had an idea for wrapping was in 1975, when they started working on The Pont Neuf Wrapped, a work they realized in 1985.
Text by Adam Thomas Blackbourn, 2011.