Notes from Anna: Without Labels
Christo and Jeanne-Claude believe that "labels are very important, but for bottles of wine, not for artists." You may already know Christo and Jeanne-Claude by their large-scale temporary environmental works, like Wrapped Reichstag in Berlin, or Surrounded Islands in Miami, Florida. The life of Christos' works is unusual. Unlike most works of art, their installations are meticulously planned and discussed in advance of their actual making, since approval by local authorities is essential for such extensive projects. At the end of each installation, most of the materials are recycled, and the site is restored to its original state (aside from the Surrounded Islands, that fortunately were not restored to their original condition, with the 40 tons of garbage removed by Christos' workers from the eleven islands).
On January 3rd, weather permitting, Cristos' professional workers will begin construction of the artists' new installation, The Gates, in New York's Central Park. The installation is scheduled to grace the park in February with luminous saffron-colored fabric panels suspended in 7500 "gates" that the visitors can walk through, following the park's paths. Check out Christo and Jeanne-Claude's beautiful and informative website.
I owe my discovery of the music of Jamie Sieber to ENN's publisher, Jerry Kay. Jerry and his wife, Chris, met this unconventional artist on a plane flight. Sieber's inspired work as an electric cellist, vocalist, and composer, is rooted in nature and passionate spirituality. Her recently released CD, Hidden Sky, grew out of her encounter with the elephants in Thailand. The short video on the website gives a glimpse of the lush and mysterious world that Sieber invokes in her music.
The National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., has commissioned Andy Goldsworthy, a pioneer of Earth Art movement, to create a site-specific installation for its East Building. On November 29, the artist, his assistant, and a group of British wallers began construction. The installation, entitled Roof, utilizes Buckingham slate from Arvonia, Virginia. Goldsworthy's serial design consists of domed objects that echo the surrounding architecture of Washington, D.C. With this new project, the artist explores the geological roots of the city, and the life of the dome across times and civilizations.
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