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An image of Surrounded Islands, Project for Biscayne Bay, Greater Miami, Florida by Christo

Christo

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

Title
Surrounded Islands, Project for Biscayne Bay, Greater Miami, Florida
Year
1982
Media category
Drawing
Materials used
diptych: pencil, pastel, charcoal, wax crayon, enamel paint, photographs
Dimensions

a) 38.0 x 244.0 cm sheet; 39.5 x 245.0 x 3.0 cm frame b) 106.6 x 244.0 cm sheet; 108.0 x 245.0 x 3.0 cm frame

Signature & date
Signed and dated l.r. upper panel, black crayon "Christo 1982".
Credit
John Kaldor Family Collection at the Art Gallery of New South Wales
Accession number
L2010.28.a-b
Copyright
© Christo
Location
Not on display
Further information

Surrounded Islands, Biscayne Bay, Greater Miami, Florida 1980-83

After nearly three years of planning on 7 May 1983 the installation of 'Surrounded Islands' was completed. Using 603,865 square metres of pink woven polypropylene fabric, Christo and Jeanne-Claude encircled 11 islands in Miami's Biscayne Bay. Taking three days to install, the fabric extended across an 11 kilometre area and increased the perimeter of each island by 61 metres. A cast of engineers, lawyers, marine biologists and ornithologists were involved in preparations for the project and a team of 430 workers were required to position and anchor the fabric. 'Surrounded Islands' remained on view for two weeks and could be seen from the water, the land and the air.

Bibliography (2)

Sophie Forbat, John Kaldor family collection: Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Christo', pg.62-77, Sydney, 2011, 65, 77 (colour illus.).

Adam Free, Journey to now: John Kaldor art projects and collection, Adelaide, 2003, 60.

Exhibition history (2)

Journey to now: John Kaldor art projects and collection, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, 18 Apr 2003–06 Jul 2003

John Kaldor Family Collection Artist Rooms #1 - Christo: