October 10, 1991 |
More than 1,700 giant yellow umbrellas fluttered open Wednesday on the barren, tan slopes of the Tejon Pass north of Los Angeles, completing one of the largest undertakings in modern art history--the creation of twin forests of colorful canopies in California and Japan by environmental artist Christo. The strange sight produced jubilation, wisecracks, bafflement and tears of joy.
October 3, 1989 |
In two years, almost exactly, an odd repetition of history will take place here. Up on the Grapevine, the artist Christo is going to transform the sunburnt hills of the Tehachapis into a habitat for 1,700 gigantic umbrellas. Yellow streams of umbrellas will flow down the ridgelines; clusters of umbrellas will fill whole valleys. They will remain for three weeks and then disappear as quickly as they came. The Grapevine will never seem the same.
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April 16, 1997
The assignment before a group of Cal State Long Beach design students was to create an exhibit showcasing past and future projects of world-famous landscape artist Christo--not emulate his near-mistakes. But less than a week before the opening of the exhibit Tuesday, the students found themselves stuck in much the same position the artist faced while surrounding Miami's Biscayne Bay islands in 1983: the absence of the material needed to complete the project.
March 1, 1989 |
To wintertime motorists, the Grapevine can sometimes be as inviting as a drive on a frozen lake bed. In the summer, it can become an obstacle course of overheated cars that never reach the top. But Christo is coming, and he just might change the Grapevine's sorry reputation. And he is bringing giant yellow umbrellas.
March 3, 1989
"Wrap" artist Christo and playwright John Guare are among 10 cultural figures have been elected to the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, an organization chartered by Congress in 1913 as the nation's honor society of the arts. Christo, 53, whose full name is Christo Javaceff, creates art by wrapping fabric and plastic around things such as islands, buildings and bridges. He was born in Bulgaria and is a naturalized American.
October 10, 1991 |
It was a true test of marital togetherness and stamina--five days of pre-dawn breakfasts and long, hot days in a meadow on the Christo umbrella project. But Bill and Charlotte Lyle, a Granada Hills couple in their 70s, weathered the experience on Crew 106 with the same enthusiasm and humor that has kept them together all this time. "We both worked all our lives, so we didn't really get to be together much," said Charlotte, 71, a former teacher.