Christo - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale London Wednesday, October 21, 2020 | Phillips

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  • On September 22, 1985, the Pont Neuf Wrapped was realised in Paris where over 40,000 square meters of woven polyamide fabric, silky in appearance and golden sandstone in colour covered the sides of vaults of the arches, all the street lamps on both sides of the bridge and to the vertical part of the embankment of the Île de la Cité. Wrapping the Pont Neuf symbolised a metamorphoses- the transformation of a bridge into a work of art during 14 days. 


    A photograph of the realised The Pont Neuf, Wrapped, Paris, 1985.
    • Provenance

      Peder Bonnier, New York
      Private Collection
      Thence by descent to the present owner (acquired in 1999)


The Pont Neuf, Wrapped (Project for Paris)

signed and dated 'Christo 1985' lower left; further titled and inscribed 'THE PONT NEUF, WRAPPED (PROJecT FOR PaRiS) Quai de LouVRe, Q. de la MegrisséRie Ile de la Cité, Quai de Conti, Q. des Gds Augusting' lower edge
graphite, charcoal, wax crayon, aerial photograph and architectural drawings on card collage, oil pastel, fabric and thread, in artist's Plexiglas box frame with tape, in 2 parts
top part 29 x 72 cm (11 3/8 x 28 3/8 in.)
bottom part 56.8 x 72 cm (22 3/8 x 28 3/8 in.)

Executed in 1985, this work is registered in Christo's archives.

Full Cataloguing

£60,000 - 80,000 

Sold for £113,400

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale

London Auction 21 October 2020