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’.
two Eucalyptus trees, polyethylene, tarpaulin, rope
a - large tree; 91 x 950 x 91 cm
b - small tree; 91 x 518 x 45.5 cm
Gift of the John Kaldor Family Collection 2011. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program
Not on display
Shown in 4 exhibitions
Christo. John Kaldor Art Project, 1990:
From Christo and Jeanne-Claude to Jeff Koons: John Kaldor art projects and collection, Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia, 12 Dec 1995–17 Mar 1996
Christo and Jeanne-Claude: early works 1958-1969, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, 08 Sep 2001–04 Nov 2001
Journey to now: John Kaldor art projects and collection, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, 18 Apr 2003–06 Jul 2003
Referenced in 7 publications
Sophie Forbat, John Kaldor family collection: Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Christo', pg.62-77, Sydney, 2011, 64, 70-71 (colour illus.).
Daniel Thomas, Art and Australia, 'The art collectors 10. John Kaldor', pg.312-323, Sydney, Mar 1971, 314 (illus.). illustration is an installation view
Adam Free, Journey to now: John Kaldor art projects and collection, Adelaide, 2003, 16 (colour illus.), 60. illustration is an installation view
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
Alexander Tolnay, David Bourdon, Lawrence Alloway and Wolfgang Volz, Christo and Jeanne-Claude: early works 1958-1969, Berlin, 2001.
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