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Title

Two Wrapped Trees

1969


Artist

Christo

Bulgaria, United States of America

13 Jun 1935 -


About

Christo began working with the landscape as a student employed to beautify the landscape of his native Bulgaria as seen from the Orient Express. He later moved to Paris and associated with Nouveau Réalisme, a group of artists who used found materials and responded to everyday situations in their work. Christo’s ambition for larger projects was established when he moved to New York in 1964 with his wife and collaborator Jeanne-Claude. In 1960 John Kaldor invited Christo to Australia, a visit which resulted in ‘Wrapped Coast, One Million Square Feet, Little Bay, Sydney, Australia 1968-69', Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s first major environmental work and one of the most ambitious land-art events in the world at the time. It was during his visit to Australia that Christo wrapped two Australian eucalypts to make ‘Two Wrapped Trees’.


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Video 2:16

Christo on Two Wrapped Trees

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Kids audio tour Two Wrapped Trees

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Details


Date

1969


Media category

Sculpture


Materials used

two Eucalyptus trees, polyethylene, tarpaulin, rope


Dimensions

a) 91.0 x 950.0 x 91.0cm b) 91.0 x 518.0 x 45.5 cm


Credit

Gift of the John Kaldor Family Collection 2011. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program


Location

Not on display


Accession number

250.2011.a-b


Artist information

Christo

Works in the collection

17


Shown in 4 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 7 publications

Bibliography


Nicholas Baume, From Christo and Jeanne-Claude to Jeff Koons: John Kaldor art projects and collection, Sydney, 1995, 82.

Nicholas Baume (Editor), Christo. John Kaldor Art Project, 1990, Sydney, 1990, 88-89 (colour illus.). cat.no.42

Sophie Forbat (Editor), 40 years: Kaldor Public Art Projects, '1990 Christo and Jeane Claude', pg.154-163, Sydney, 2009, 158, 159 (colour illus.). illustration is an installation view

Sophie Forbat, John Kaldor family collection: Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Christo', pg.62-77, Sydney, 2011, 64, 70-71 (colour illus.).

Adam Free, Journey to now: John Kaldor art projects and collection, Adelaide, 2003, 16 (colour illus.), 60. illustration is an installation view

Daniel Thomas, Art and Australia, 'The art collectors 10. John Kaldor', pg.312-323, Sydney, Mar 1971, 314 (illus.). illustration is an installation view

Alexander Tolnay, David Bourdon, Lawrence Alloway and Wolfgang Volz, Christo and Jeanne-Claude: early works 1958-1969, Berlin, 2001.