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By Christo and Jeanne-Claude

1935 Christo: Born Christo Javacheff, June 13, Gabrovo, of a Bulgarian industrialist family.
Jeanne-Claude: Born Jeanne-Claude de Guillebon, June 13, Casablanca, of a French military family, educated in France and Switzerland.
1952 Jeanne-Claude. Baccalaureat in Latin and Philosophy, University of Tunis.
1953-56 Christo: Studies at Fine Arts Academy, Sofia. 1956, arrival in Prague.
1957 He studies one semester at the Vienna Fine Arts Academy.
1958 Christo arrives in Paris where he meets Jeanne-Claude. Packages and "Wrapped Objects."
1960 Birth of their son, Cyril, May 11.
1961 "Project for the Wrapping of a Public Building."
"Stacked Oil Barrels" and "Dockside Packages" at Cologne Harbor, their first collaboration.
1962 "Iron Curtain-Wall of Oil Barrels" blocking the Rue Visconti, Paris.
"Stacked Oil Barrels" in Gentilly, near Paris.
"Wrapping a Girl," London.
1963 "Showcases."
1964 Establishment of permanent residence in New York City.
"Store Fronts."
"Show Windows."
1966 "Air Package" and "Wrapped Tree," Stedelijk van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven.
"42,390 cubic feet Package" at the Walker Art Center and the Minneapolis School of Art.
1968 "Wrapped Fountain" and "Wrapped Medieval Tower," Spoleto.
Wrapping of a public building "Kunsthalle Berne."
"5,600 Cubic Meter Package, Documenta 4, Kassel" an Air Package 280 feet high, foundations arranged in a 900 feet diameter circle.
"Corridor Store Front," total area: 1,500 square feet.
"1,240 Oil Barrels Mastaba," and "Two Tons of Stacked Hay," Philadelphia Institute of Contemporary Art.
1969 "Wrapped Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago," 10,000 square feet of tarpaulin.
"Wrapped Floor and Stairway," 2,800 square feet drop cloths, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago.
"Wrapped Coast, Little Bay, One Million Square Feet, Sydney, Australia," Erosion Control fabric and 36 miles of ropes.
Project for Stacked Oil Barrels "Houston Mastaba, Texas," 1,249,000 barrels.
Project for "Closed Highway."
1970 Wrapped Monuments, Milano: "Monument to Vittorio Emanuele, Piazza Duomo;" "Monument to Leonardo da Vinci, Piazza Scala."
1971 "Wrapped Floors, Covered Windows and Wrapped Walk Ways," Haus Lange, Krefeld, Germany.
1972 "Valley Curtain, Grand Hogback, Rifle, Colorado, 1970-72," width: 1,250-1,368 feet, height: 185-365 feet; 142,000 square feet of nylon polyamide; 110,000 lb. of steel cables; 800 tons of concrete.
1974 "The Wall, Wrapped Roman Wall, Via V. Veneto and Villa Borghese, Rome."
"Ocean Front, Newport, Rhode Island" 150,000 square feet of floating polypropylene fabric over the ocean.
1976 "Running Fence, Sonoma and Marin Counties, California, 1972-76," 18 feet high, 24-1/2 miles long. 240,000 square yards of woven nylon fabric; 90 miles of steel cables; 2,050 steel poles (each: 3-1/2 inch diameter, 21 feet long).
1978 "Wrapped Walk Ways, Loose Park, Kansas City, Missouri, 1977-78" 15,000 square yards of woven nylon fabric over 2.8 miles of walkways.
1979 "The Mastaba of Abu Dhabi, Project for the United Arab Emirates" in progress.
1979 "The Gates, Project for Central Park New York City" in progress.
1983 "Surrounded Islands, Biscayne Bay, Greater Miami, Florida, 1980-83" 6.5 million sq. ft. pink woven polypropylene fabric.
1984 "Wrapped Floors and Stairways and Covered Windows" of Architecture Museum, Basel, Switzerland.
1985 "The Pont Neuf Wrapped, Paris, 1975-85," 454,178 sq. ft. woven polyamide fabric; 42,900 ft. of rope.
1991 "The Umbrellas, Japan-U.S.A., 1984-91," 1,340 blue umbrellas in Ibaraki, Japan; 1,760 yellow umbrellas in California, USA. Each -- height: 19 ft 8 in., diameter: 28 ft 6 in.
1992 "Over The River, Project for The Arkansas River, Colorado" in progress.
1995 "Wrapped Floors and Stairways and Covered Windows" Museum Włrth, Kłnzelsau, Germany.
"Wrapped Reichstag, Berlin 1971-95," 100,000 sq.meters (1,076,000 sq.ft) of fabric; 15,600 m. (51,181 feet) of rope; 200 metric tons of steel.


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