Surrounded Islands (1982), Javacheff Christo, 1983
Unsigned Offset Lithograph printed in 1983.
The overall size of the Offset Lithograph is 25 x 39 inches.
The condition of this piece has been graded as A-: Near Mint, very light signs of handling.
About the Print
Surrounded Islands, Biscayne Bay, Greater Miami, Florida, 1980-83 Using 6.5 million square feet of floating pink fabric, Christo and Jeanne-Claude encircled eleven islands in Miami's Biscayne Bay, extending the perimeter of each island by 200 feet. An elaborate undertaking that involved legions of contractors, engineers, attorneys, and seamstresses, Surrounded Islands also required extensive consultation with marine biologists and ornithologists. Ultimately, the project benefited its surroundings: Christo and Jeanne-Claude's crew removed forty tons of garbage from the uninhabited islands.Evoking hibiscus flowers and flamingos, the vibrant woven polypropylene fabric was sewn to correspond to the contours of each island. As the unfurling began on 4 May 1983, the islands themselves seemed to bloom. The artists and their crew of 430 surrounded the last island three days later. Remaining on view for two weeks, the work was visible to the public from the causeways, the land, the water, and the air.
About the Artist
Artist preoccupied with packaging, sometimes on a vast environmental scale. Born in Gabrovo, Bulgaria, full name Christo Javacheff. Studied at the Fine Arts Academy in Sofia 1952-6 and began as a social realist painter. Studied stage design in Prague in 1956 then fled to Vienna, where he studied sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts under Wotruba. Afterwards moved to Geneva and in 1958 to Paris. Met Pierre Restany, Arman and Spoerri and made his first wrapped objects and his first walls of oil drums. First one-man exhibition at the Galerie Haro Lauhus, Cologne, 1965. Moved to New York in 1964 and began soon afterwards to make full-scale store fronts, with the windows screened off inside. His interest in carrying out his ideas on a huge scale led to the creation of air packages (notably a sausage-shaped balloon for the Documenta 4 exhibition at Kassel 1968); the actual wrapping up of buildings (the Kunsthalle, Bern, in 1968 and the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art in 1969); the packaging of a mile of coastline near Sydney, Australia, 1969; the Valley Curtain for Colorado 1972; and the Running Fence for California 1976. Lives in New York.