After more than 20 years of work it almost feels like the end of something the art sector was longing for quite badly. This Wednesday, Christo decided to stop his project Over The River as a sign of protest against the new president Donald Trump. The terrain, that Christo needs to rent for his project, is owned by the US federal government – a fact, that makes it unbearable for the artist to continue his work. Christo claims, that he won’t do any artworks that support a landlord called Trump. Since its kick off in 1992 Over The River has costed 15 Million Dollar, a huge amount of money, that has now gone to waste.
Now it’s time to focus on new artworks – after walking away from his Colorado project, Christo announced to put all his energy and time in The Mastaba – a 150 m high sculpture, made out of 400,000 oil barrels, that is planned to be installed permanently in Abu Dhabi / United Arab Emirates.
Christo in his studio with a preparatory collage for Over The River 2011
Photo: Wolfgang Volz © 2011 Christo
Christo: Over The River (Project for Arkansas River) Drawing 2007 13 7/8 x 15 1/4″ (35.2 x 38.7 cm) Pencil, pastel, charcoal and wax crayon
Photo: Wolfgang Volz © 2007 Christo
All pictures from Christo and Jeanne-Claude // http://www.christojeanneclaude.net