A "once in a lifetime" artist is honoured

The art world gathered last night at the Metropolitan Museum to honour the memory of installation artist Jeanne-Claude, who died in November at the age of 74. With her husband Christo, the artist was known for the massive wrapping projects that the couple produced around the world. Mayor Bloomberg, who helped bring to fruition the installation of 23 miles of saffron colour curtain in New York’s Central Park known as The Gates, spoke at the memorial. “I’ve had the honour of meeting many artists in my life, but Jeanne-Claude was perhaps the most passionate, the most meticulous and the most impervious to the word ‘no’,” Bloomberg said, alluding to the determination the artist had in seeing The Gates realised, which took over 25 years from the initial conception. “She was the kind of unique and vibrant artist who comes around only once in a lifetime.” Australian public art producer John Kaldor, who helped the pair create their first wrapped landscape project in Sydney said Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s relationship “was an inseparable partnership of art and love. Born on the same day, two people as one. They built on each other's success and strengths.”

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