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Christo and Jeanne-Claude. Wrapped Trees. Basel 1997–1998

Edition of 1,000
Hardcover in slipcase with piece of fabric and print, 9.3 x 11.8 in., 4.20 lb, 136 pages
US$ 700
Multilingual Edition:
English, French, German
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In Autumn 1998, Christo and Jeanne-Claude transformed 162 trees around Fondation Beyeler into a sculptural masterwork, wrapping them in 55,000 square meters of polyester fabric. It was the artists’ pièce de résistance in a long history of wrapping trees, and created an ever-changing panorama of form, texture, and color. This limited Art Edition, complete with print and swatch of the project fabric, traces the project story start to finish.

Limited Art Edition of 1,000 copies, each signed by Christo, Jeanne-Claude, and Wolfgang Volz, with an original cibachrome and a piece of the original project fabric

Wrapped Trees

Fondation Beyeler and Berower Park, Riehen, Basel, Switzerland, 1997-1998

In Autumn 1998, after the trees around Fondation Beyeler and in the Berower Park had shed their leaves, Christo and Jeanne-Claude wrapped 162 trees—some up to 25 meters high—with 55,000 square meters of polyester fabric and 23 kilometers of rope. The effect of light and weather on the translucent material created a kind of amorphous sculptural choreography, an ever-changing variety of shapes, surfaces, and colors. The fabric, used every winter in Japan to protect trees from frost and heavy snow, lent the trees the appearance of precious and fragile objects.

The Fondation Beyeler project was a pièce de résistance for Christo and Jeanne-Claude, and an extension and expansion of many years of interest in the concept of wrapped trees. By 1998, the artist pair renowned for their environmental interventionshad worked on trees for over three decades. In 1966, they wrapped a 10-meter-high tree in a personal exhibition in the Stedelijk van Abbe Museum in Eindhoven. In the same year they worked on a wrapped trees project for Forest Park in Saint Louis, Missouri, and in 1968 for the Museum of Modern Art In New York. In 1969, Two Wrapped Trees were exhibited in Sydney.

Packed full of exclusive images and documentation, this volume traces the expansive history of Wrapped Trees as well as the project’s realization story, from start to finish. It includes preparatory drawings, collages, and plans from Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s archive, as well as numerous photographs of the final Wrapped Trees.

Limited Art Edition of 1,000 copies, each signed by Christo, Jeanne-Claude, and Wolfgang Volz, with an original cibachrome and a piece of the original project fabric
The artists

Christo and Jeanne-Claude began their collaboration in 1961, and lived in New York City since 1964. Jeanne-Claude died in 2009; Christo died in 2020. Their large-scale projects include Wrapped Coast, Australia, 1968–69; Valley Curtain, Rifle, Colorado, 1970–72; Running Fence, Sonoma and Marin Counties, California, 1972–76; Surrounded Islands, Biscayne Bay, Florida, 1980–83; The Pont Neuf Wrapped, Paris, 1975–85; The Umbrellas, Japan–USA, 1984–91; Wrapped Reichstag, Berlin, 1971–95; Wrapped Trees, Riehen, Switzerland, 1997–98; The Gates, Central Park, New York City, 1979–2005; The Floating Piers, Lake Iseo, Italy, 2014–16 and The London Mastaba, Serpentine Lake, Hyde Park, 2016–18. Christo and Jeanne-Claude's temporary work of art L'Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped, Project for Paris is scheduled for September 18–October 3, 2021.

The photographer

Wolfgang Volz has worked with Christo and Jeanne-Claude as the exclusive photographer of their works since 1971. He was also project director (with Roland Specker) for Wrapped Reichstag, Berlin, 1971–95 and (with Josy Kraft) for Wrapped Trees, Riehen, Switzerland, 1997–98, and was in charge of The Wall – 13,000 Oil Barrels, Gasometer Oberhausen, Germany, 1998–99 and Big Air Package, Gasometer Oberhausen, Germany, 2010–13. His close collaboration has resulted in many books and more than 300 exhibitions in museums and galleries around the world.

Christo and Jeanne-Claude. Wrapped Trees. Basel 1997–1998
Edition of 1,000
Hardcover in slipcase with piece of fabric and print, 9.3 x 11.8 in., 4.20 lb, 136 pages
ISBN 978-3-8228-7198-0
Multilingual Edition: English, French, German
Christo and Jeanne-Claude. Wrapped Trees. Basel 1997–1998 (Limited Edition)
Christo and Jeanne-Claude.
Wrapped Trees.
Basel 1997–1998
Edition of 1,000
US$ 700
Christo and Jeanne-Claude. Wrapped Trees. Basel 1997–1998 (Limited Edition)