Famous wrapping artist Christo dies at 84

Christo and Jeanne-Claude by the Wrapped Reichstag model.

Famous Bulgarian-born artist Hristo Javacheff, known as Christo and best known for wrapping buildings and landmarks in fabric or plastic died on Sunday at his home in New York at the age of 84, news agencies reported. He passed away of natural causes, according to a statement posted on the artist's official Facebook page.

Among Christo's most famous works are the wrappings of the Reichstag in Berlin and Pont-Neuf in Paris. His artworks "brought people together" around the world, the statement says. "Christo lived his life to the fullest, not only dreaming up what seemed impossible, but realising it," it reads.

Christo has always worked in close collaboration with his wife Jeanne-Claude, whom he met in Paris in 1958. They made their first major outdoor work three years later in Germany, covering oil barrels stacked in Cologne harbour with material. Jeanne-Claude died in 2009 leaving Christo to continue alone, which he did, with a plan to wrap the L'Arc de Triomphe in Paris next year - a project that will probably still be realised after his death.

Born as Hristo Vladimirov Javacheff in Gabrovo in 1935, he left Bulgaria in 1957 and spent some time in Austria and Switzerland before moving to France, where he met Jeanne-Claude. Along with transforming large-scale landmarks, the couple also created monumental environmental works of art together in natural settings. The latest opne was a 2016 installation entitled The Floating Piers which consisted of 100,000 sq m of bright yellow fabric floating on polyethylene cubes on Lake Iseo, in Sulzano, Italy.

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