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Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Wrapped Walkways, Kansas City, Missouri (Hand Signed), from the Estate of Aviva and Jacob Baal Teshuva, 1978
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Wrapped Walkways, Kansas City, Missouri (Hand Signed), from the Estate of Aviva and Jacob Baal Teshuva, 1978
This rare vintage poster was published to promote and raise funds for Christo's famous Wrapped Walkways, Loose Park, Kansas City, Missouri project in the late 1970s. It is hand signed boldly in black marker "Christo et Jeanne Claude" on the recto (front). Unframed and in very good vintage condition. From the Estate of Aviva and Jacob Baal Teshuva - authors, personal friends, early supporters and collectors of Christo. Authenticity guaranteed.
ABOUT THE WRAPPED WALKWAYS, LOOSE PARK, KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI PROJECT:
Wrapped Walk Ways, in Jacob Loose Memorial Park, Kansas City, Missouri, consisted of the installation of 135,000 square feet (12,540 square meters) of saffron-colored nylon fabric covering 2.7 miles (4.4 kilometers) of formal garden walkways and jogging paths.
Installation began on Monday, October 2, 1978, and was completed on Wednesday, October 4. 84 people were employed by A. L. Huber and Sons, a Kansas City building contractor, to install the fabric. There were 13 construction workers, 4 professional seamstresses and 67 students.
After 52,000 feet (15,850 meters) of seams and hems had been sewn in a West Virginia factory, professional seamstresses, using portable sewing machines and assisted by many workers, completed the sewing in the park. The cloth was secured in place by 34,500 steel spikes (7 x 5/16 inch/17.8 x 0.8 centimeters) driven into the soil through brass grommets along the sides of the fabric, and 40,000 staples into wooden planks on the stairways.
All expenses related to Wrapped Walk Ways were borne by Christo and Jeanne-Claude, as in all their other projects, through the sale of preparatory works created by Christo: drawings and collages, as well as earlier works and original lithographs. The artists do not accept sponsorship of any kind.
The temporary work of art remained in the park until October 16, 1978, after which the material was removed and given to the Kansas City Parks Department for recycling, and the park was restored to its original condition.