By Jay Bouton, The Daily Record
A recent letter to the editor was curiously titled “Over the River Facts,” listing all of the drilling and excavating equipment, cranes, anchors and other assorted evils that will be necessary to bring the project to fruition. The writer thoughtfully asks, “And what effect would the project have on seven generations from now?” And I must thoughtfully ask, quite seriously: Are you serious?
By Susan J. Tweit, The Mountain Mail and Salida Citizen
Art, it is said, reveals the familiar in new light. By that definition, “Over the River,” the landscape-scale project envisioned by artists Christo and the late Jeanne-Claude, is already a success even though it’s possible installation is still years away.
We are very saddened to share the news that Jeanne-Claude has passed away from complications related to her recent brain aneurysm. Below is a statement that was issued by Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s office. Thank you to everyone for your encouragement and support.
Jeanne-Claude, 74, American artist and resident of New York City, died suddenly on November 18, 2009 as a result of complications due to a ruptured brain aneurysm.
Christo is deeply saddened by the passing of his wife, partner and collaborator and is committed to honor the promise they made to each other many years ago: The art of Christo and Jeanne-Claude will continue.
Christo is dedicated to completing their current works in progress: Over The River, Project for the Arkansas River, State of Colorado, and The Mastaba, Project for the United Arab Emirates, as Jeanne-Claude would wish.
Christo and Jeanne-Claude met in Paris, France in November, 1958, sharing the same date of birth and have worked together for 51 years creating temporary works of art.
It is Jeanne-Claude’s wish that her body be donated to scientific research.
A memorial will be announced at a later date. Christo requests that flowers not be sent. Memorial gifts may be made to the charity of your choice.