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Packed Coast, collage 1969


Wrapped Coast, photograph 1969
 
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Wrapped Coast, One Million Square Feet, Little Bay,
Sydney, Australia, 1968-69

In the fall of 1969, Christo and Jeanne-Claude embarked on their first monumental project in a landscape setting: wrapping the dramatic cliff-lined coast at Little Bay, Australia. The artists, together with 110 laborers and 15 professional rock climbers, transformed the coastline into a sculptural space in just one month. One million square feet of a light beige erosion-control fabric and 35 miles of polypropylene rope shrouded 1 1/2 miles of the rocky shoreline; the installation ranged in height from sea level to the 85-foot cliffs and in width from 150 to 800 feet. Completed on 28 October, Wrapped Coast remained on view for ten weeks before the area was returned to its original state. As with all of their succeeding endeavors, the materials for Wrapped Coast were recycled.

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