Wrapping Art(work)

Torry mentioned the installation/environmental artist Christo (and his partner Jean-Claude) in her design presentation today. Here are a couple of video clips to give you a sense of the scale and approach of this “wrapping” work.

The first is a time-lapse or “quick motion” video of their wrapping of The Reichstag in Berlin (1995).

The second is an interview by LX TV with Christo and Jean-Claude about their “The Gates” project in Central Park (NYC), 2005.

Just for another view, the installation artist Francis Hines also works with “wrapping” in his work.

Washington Square Arch, 1980.

 

1 Comment

  • Caitlin O'Neill says:

    Wow- the wrapping of the Reichstag left me with an eerie feeling. The obscuring of the architectural lines of the building makes it seem like a monolith, hiding many ‘unknowns’ beneath. I like the way Christo describes the visual arts as training or educating the eye to appreciate the “physicality of the space.” I imagine that wrapping the set and Nora in the beginning of the play will immediately strike the audience with a knowledge of the strangeness of Torvald and Nora’s lives in relation to one another, as well as the world they live in as a whole.

    Nora is rarely left alone in a room. Instead she is continually displayed and in the ‘possession’ of everyone around her; I think even Mrs. Linde to a certain extent exerts control over her through her presence because it necessitated conversation and lightheartedness.