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An image of Wrapped Coast, One Million Square Feet, Little Bay, Sydney, Australia by Christo, Jeanne-Claude

Christo

(Bulgaria, United States of America 13 Jun 1935 – )

Jeanne-Claude

(France, United States of America 13 Jun 1935 – 18 Nov 2009)

Title
Wrapped Coast, One Million Square Feet, Little Bay, Sydney, Australia
Other titles:
Wrapped Coast, Little Bay, Australia
Year
1969
Media category
Photograph
Materials used
gelatin silver photograph
Edition
2/10
Dimensions

120.0 x 161.0 cm sight; 125.4 x 166.2 x 4.7 cm frame

Signature & date
Signed l.l., black marker "Christo/...". Not dated.
Credit
Purchased 1971
Accession number
152.1971
Copyright
© Christo 1969 Photo: Harry Shunk
Location
Not on display
Further information

Christo and Jeanne-Claude
Wrapped Coast, One Million Square Feet, Little Bay, Sydney, Australia 1968-69
Coordinator: John Kaldor

Little Bay, property of Prince Henry Hospital, is located 14.5 kilometres, southeast of the centre of Sydney.

The South Pacific Ocean cliff-lined shore area that was wrapped is approximately 2.5 kilometres long, 46 to 244 metres wide, 26 metres high at the northern cliffs, and was at sea level at the southern sandy beach.

90,000 square metres (1 million square feet) of erosion-control fabric (synthetic woven fibre usually manufactured for agricultural purposes) were used for the wrapping. 56.3 kilometres of polypropylene rope, 1.5 centimetre diameter, tied the fabric to the rocks. Ramset guns fired 25,000 charges of fasteners, threaded studs and clips to secure the rope to the rocks.

Ninian Melville, a retired major in the Army Corps of Engineers, was in charge of the workers at the site.

17,000 manpower hours, over a period of four weeks, were expended by 15 professional mountain climbers, and over 100 workers: architecture and art students from the University of Sydney and East Sydney Technical College, as well as a number of Australian artists and teachers. All workers were paid, with the exception of 11 architecture students who refused.

The project was financed by Christo and Jeanne-Claude through the sale of Christo's original preparatory drawings, collages, scale models, early packages and wrapped objects of the 1950s and 1960s and lithographs.

The coast remained wrapped for a period of ten weeks from 28 October 1969. Then all materials were removed and recycled and the site was returned to its original condition.

Bibliography (4)

Art Gallery of South Australia, The Australian landscape, Adelaide, 1972, (illus.). cat.no. 54

Charles Green, The third hand: collaboration in art from conceptualism to postmodernism, 'Negotiated Identity: Christo and Jeanne-Claude', pg.125-137, Minneapolis, 2001, 127, 128, 130, 131, 135, 142, 154, 182.

Ian North, Special exhibitions at the Art Gallery of South Australia: Seventh Adelaide Festival of Arts 1972, 'The Australian Landscape', Adelaide, 1972, (illus.). cat.no. 35

Michael Wardell, Contemporary: Art Gallery of New South Wales Contemporary Collection, 'Ideas and actions', pg.60-107, Sydney, 2006, 62, 70, 71 (illus.).

Exhibition history (3)

The Australian Landscape (1972-73):

Ideas and Actions: Performance, Process and Documentation, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 29 Oct 1999–23 Jan 2000

John Kaldor Family Collection Artist Rooms #1 - Christo: