Christo, ‘Surrounded Islands, Project for Biscane Bay, Greater Miami, Collage’, 1983, ArtWise

Signed in pencil by Christo. On May 7, 1983, the installation of Surrounded Islands was completed in Biscayne Bay, Florida. Eleven islands were surrounded with 6.5 million square feet of floating pink woven polypropylene fabric covering the surface of the water and extending out 200 feet from each island into the bay. There were 79 different patterns sewn in the material to match the contour of the islands. During the installation, the crew removed an estimated 40 tons of garbage from the islands and the surrounding area. This collage is an homage to that project, not only the beauty of its completion but also the effort and time put forth by so many to see it through .

About Christo

Christo is best known for monumental collaborations with his late partner Jeanne-Claude. The duo’s projects, such as The Gates in Central Park and Wrapped Reichstag intervened in public spaces in order to draw attention to them. “We borrow space and create gentle disturbances for a few days,” Christo once said. “We inherit everything that is inherent in the space to become part of the work of art. All our projects are like fabulous expeditions.” Since Jeanne-Claude’s passing, Christo has worked to complete unrealized projects such as Over The River, a miles-long stretch of fabric that would function as a canopy over the Arkansas River. In gallery spaces, Christo presents schematic drawings of the duo’s work, which exhibit the artist’s technical mastery and undergird their massive installations, connecting the big ideas to their inception as free-floating thoughts.

American-Bulgarian, b. 1935, Gabrovno, Bulgaria, based in New York, New York