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Christo, the artist who dreamed of building the world’s largest sculpture in the UAE, dies aged 84

Christo, the artist who dreamed of building the world’s largest sculpture in the UAE, dies aged 84

The Bulgarian-born artist famously wrapped landmarks

Christo and wife Jeanne-Claude planned to make a 150-metre high sculpture in the Abu Dhabi desert
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Christo and wife Jeanne-Claude planned to make a 150-metre high sculpture in the Abu Dhabi desert

Bulgarian-born artist Christo, best known for wrapping buildings and famous landmarks in fabric or plastic, has died at his home in New York, aged 84.

Christo, who always worked with his wife Jeanne-Claude, famously covered the Reichstag in Berlin and the Pont-Neuf in Paris with reams of cloth in 1995.

The couple had planned to make the largest and most expensive sculpture ever created in the Liwa desert in Abu Dhabi.

Dubbed the UAE Mastaba, it was planned to resemble a smaller Mastaba in London's Hyde Park that they made from 7,506 barrels.

Christo's artworks "brought people together" around the world, a statement released on his social media says.

"Christo lived his life to the fullest, not only dreaming up what seemed impossible but realising it," it reads, adding that the couple's art "lives on in our hearts and memories."

There's still time to see the great artist's work - Christo's temporary work of art in Paris, France, titled L'Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped (Project for Paris, Place de l'Étoile), is still scheduled for September 18th–October 3rd, 2021.

Additionally, a major exhibition at the Centre Georges Pompidou about Christo and Jeanne-Claude's work and time in Paris will be on view this year, from July 1st–October 19th, 2020.

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