Tuesday, 5 January 2010

Wrapped Reichstag by Christo and Jeanne-Claude

The wrapping of the Reichstag by Christo and Jeanne-Claude took 24 years to complete after fierce debates surrounding the fate of the building. When it was finally wrapped in 1995 it was to celebrate a new era of German parliament and a new era for the building. Foster and Partners were commisioned in 1993 to restore the building and propose a new design for the destroyed cupola. By wrapping it in fabric the artists allowed people to appreciate the scale and beauty of the building without the prejudice of political opinion or historical knowledge. It drew attention to the building for new and positive reasons and it once again became the centre of the city.

Time-lapse video of the wrapping process:

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