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Title

Surrounded Islands, Project for Biscayne Bay, Greater Miami, Florida

1982


Artist

Christo

Bulgaria, United States of America

13 Jun 1935 -


About

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.


Details


Date

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


Location

Not on display


Accession number

L2010.28.a-b


Artist information

Christo

Works in the collection

17


Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 2 publications

Bibliography


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.