Why is Christo and Jean-Claude’s artwork considered controversial?



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    Christo and Jean-Claude were a married couple who made (temporary) art together. It often had something to do with the environment, and was considered controversial due to the fact that their pieces were often quite large. For example, in September 1976 they completed the installation art piece Running Fence, which was a veiled fence 24.5 miles long and 18 feet high. Supposedly, it represented the great continental divide in Colorado. Many of their works are often bound in fabric, like in 1980 when they wrapped an archipelago (cluster of islands) in Miama with hot pink fabric. All of their works are eventually taken down, which might also explain why they are considered controversial. The pieces exist physically only for a certain period of time, then they are extinguished and the landscape is set back to its natural state.

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    To add to ec1233’s answer, one of the more controversial projects they undertook was called “Umbrellas”. The plan was to have blue umbrellas in Japan and yellow umbrellas in California at the same time. They never really commented on why they wanted to do this and insisted that the their project had no deeper meaning than aesthetic effect. In September 1991, 1,340 blue umbrellas were set up in Ibaraki, Japan and 1,760 umbrellas in California’s Tejon Ranch, along Interstate 5. Tourists came to see both exhibits and 2 deaths resulted: A woman who was killed by one of the metal and fabric umbrellas when a wind gust loosened it from the ground, and a man who was electrocuted white helping to remove the umbrellas and touching one to a low power line. 




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