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Title

Packed Coast, Project for Australia, near Sydney

1969

Artist

Christo

Bulgaria, United States of America

13 Jun 1935 - 31 May 2020

  • Details

    Other Titles
    Packed Coast, Little Bay, Australia
    Wrapped Coast, Little Bay, Australia
    Date
    1969
    Media category
    Collage
    Materials used
    gelatin silver photograph, colour offset print, tape, cloth, cotton thread, staples, charcoal, pencil, Perspex box
    Dimensions
    72.0 x 56.7 x 4.5 cm Perspex box
    Signature & date

    Signed and dated centre left, pencil "Christo 1969".

    Credit
    Purchased 1970
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    WO1.1970
    Copyright
    © Christo

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  • About

    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.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 5 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 3 publications

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