Spring quarter classes completed last week, and we have a few week’s break before summer classes begin. At the request of my students, I’ll be posting creative project suggestions on V. Notes until classes start up again on June 21. Christo and Jeanne Claude Christo and Jeanne-Claude looking for a possible site for The Mastaba in February 1982. Photo by Wolfgang Volz On May 31, 2020, Christo, the his partner Jeanne Claude through the yellow fluttering gates to art heaven. The art duo Christo and Jeanne Claude were known for their large scale installations that involved wrapping landmark buildings and landscapes in fabric. Their pieces were designed to encourage the viewer to experience the artwork in the moment, in the context of its environment. Completed Projects The Floating PiersThe GatesWrapped TreesWrapped ReichstagThe UmbrellasThe Pont Neuf WrappedSurrounded IslandsWrapped Walk WaysRunning FenceOcean FrontThe Wall – Wrapped Roman WallValley CurtainWrapped MonumentsWrapped CoastWrapped Museum of Contemporary Art and Wrapped Floor and Stairway5,600 Cubic meter PackageWrapped KunsthalleWrapped Fountain and Wrapped Medieval Tower42,390 Cubic Feet PackageWall of Oil Barrels – The Iron CurtainStacked Oil Barrels and Dockside Packages Projects Not Realized Over The RiverWrapped MonumentsProjects with BarrelsWrapped Walk WaysProjects for The Museum of Modern ArtWrapped BridgesWrapped TreesWrapped Buildings, New York City Christo’s Li’l Wraps Christo Package on a Table Fabric, lacquer, rope and round wooden table Photo: Eeva-Inkeri © 1961 ChristoChristoWrapped Jerry Can1961Metal jerry can, fabric and ropePhoto: Eeva-Inkeri © 1961 ChristoChristoWrapped Telephone1962Polyethylene, rope, telephone and telephone cordPhoto: André Grossmann© 1962 ChristoChristoWrapped Motorcycle1962Polyethylene, rope and motorcycle© 1962 ChristoChristo (right) and filmmaker Charles Wilp (left) with “Wrapped Woman, 1963”Photo: Anthony Haden-Guest© 1963 ChristoChristoWrapped Armchair1964-65Armchair, fabric, polyethylene, rope and cordPhoto: Peter Cox© 1965 ChristoChristoWrapped Tree1966White birch tree, jute fabric, polyethylene and ropePhoto: Ab de Jager© 1966 Christo Today’s creative challenge a la Christo For your project today, wrap an object, or erect a temporary fence where there wasn’t one before. Photograph or draw this in context with its environment. Appreciate the moment. Post your project to social media with #Christo #seattleartistleague so that we can find it. More of a Process What people don’t often talk about when they talk about work by Christo and Jeanne Claude, is the hundreds of hours each project wrapped them up in community meetings while they discussed and negotiated terms of how they hoped each project was going to be built covering objects not theirs, and across land that was not their own. To achieve the full art experience with the creative project challenge above, choose to wrap or fence an object that does not belong to you. Before wrapping or fencing this object, write a proposal to the person who actually owns and uses this object on a daily basis. Tell them that they should allow you to wrap up or fence off their object (this part of the process is best experienced if this person does not like you, or approve of anything you do). If the owner of the object is not immediately convinced that this is a brilliant idea, and immediately realize that you are in fact a brilliant artist, then listen to what they say, really listen, and then ask again. This process of asking and listening and asking again may take years, but do not give up. When they finally agree, then you may wrap their object, appreciate the moment, and post it to social media.