One half of the famous large-scale, Reichstag-wrapping, umbrella-happy duo Christo and Jeanne-Claude passed away suddenly on Wednesday, Nov. 18, due to a ruptured brain aneurysm. The couple stole the spotlight in 2005 with their contentious Central Park installation The Gates, which draped thousands of white frames with fluttering orange cloth throughout Central Park in New York City.
Christo, who has created temporary public art with wife Jeanne-Claude for the past 51 years, notes on the couple’s Web site that he will continue on with the projects they currently have in production. Over the River, plans to suspend miles of woven fabric over a stretch of the Arkansas River in Colorado, while The Mastaba involves erecting a pyramid-like structure from 410,000 oil barrels in the United Arab Emirates.
Though the artistic nature of duo’s work has long been debated, Jeanne-Claude and Christo have undoubtably embodied the phrase “go big or go home.”