Friday, December 4, 2009

Book Drops: "Christo and Jeanne-Claude" by Jan Greenberg (Childrens) (rated 5 stars)

by Jan Greenberg

I read about Jeanne-Claude’s passing ( on November 18 and had remembered that I had ordered this book for the library. It just came in so I read it and here is my little review. Rest In Peace Jeanne-Claude.

“All of our projects have this fragile quality. They will be gone tomorrow. They have total freedom. That is why they cannot stay. Because freedom is the enemy of possession and possession is equal to permanence. We have to have freedom with no strings attached.” – Christo and Jeanne-Claude

Starting with “The Gates” (Central Park, New York City, 1979-2005”) and ending with the possibility of experiencing another Christo and Jeanne-Claude work, this biography of Christo and Jeanne-Claude is a great introduction to the couple’s work and lives. It is filled with amazing color and black & white photographs, as well as, reproductions of the sketches that Christo drew of their projects. Greenberg and Jordan present a lovely overview of Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s works, which include “Wall of Barrels” in Paris and “Running Fence” in California. The images of pieces featured illustrate the monumental scale of each work and also leave the reader with a sense of awe. It is a perfect way to give children a different perspective on art, nature and industry.

I am left wondering however about what will happen with the projects proposed in Colorado and the UAE. I wonder if “The Gates” will be the last…

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