Paris is finally rediscovering its former artistic and cultural ferment. Our team likes to keep you informed of less publicised and unusual events as much as international performances, so it’s only natural that we tell you about the wrapping of the Arc de Triomphe, a posthumous work of art by Christo.
Why wrap the Arc de Triomphe?
The wrapping of islands and monuments were key moments in the creative journey of the late artists Christo Vladimirov Javecheff and Jeanne-Claude Denat de Guillebon. They said that this approach is part of a true search for freedom. It’s an ephemeral artform which must be appreciated urgently before it disappears, but also a work that is free and accessible, with no possession involved (especially since the wrapped Arc de Triomphe is a completely self-funded project.) What’s more, everyone can read into the concealed monument whatever they wish and thus appropriate this piece of our common heritage.
See the Arc de Triomphe in new way: wrapped!
From September 18th to October 3rd, the Arc de Triomphe in the Place Charles-de-Gaulle will be wrapped in 25,000 m² of fabric and 3,000 m of recyclable polypropylene cord. Beyond the technical feat, the red of the cord contrasting with the silvery blue reflections of the fabric will undoubtedly create a beautiful effect that will profoundly modify the area’s Haussmann-era regularity. Whether you admire it in full sunlight during a stroll on the Champs-Élysées or by the soft illumination of streetlights on a night out, the wrapped Arc de Triomphe is a unique event not to be missed
Take advantage of an autumn stay at your Hotel Les Deux Girafes and discover the final work of Christo and his team. The Arc de Triomphe, symbol of Napoleonic grandeur, will be amazingly transformed!
Hotel Les Deux Girafes, a 4-star boutique hotel in the heart of the Bastille-République district