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CHRISTO and JEANNE-CLAUDE 1969

In some ways the Australian coast was the departure for all other rural projects. Christo
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Wrapped Coast – One Million Square Feet, Little Bay, Sydney, Australia, 1968–69 was the first major environmental project created by the iconic artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude, more than a decade before they became famous for large-scale environmental projects at sites around the world. Wrapped Coast was the largest single artwork that had ever been made. Larger than Mount Rushmore, the expanse was so vast that no one vantage point allowed a complete view; instead, visitors walked for an hour to cross its surface. Two-and-a-half kilometres of coast and cliffs up to 26 metres high were shrouded in fabric and rope, appearing like a moonscape, alpine snowfield or Arctic terrain, transformed by sweeping winds into rivulets and billowing sails.
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Interview with Christo in 2011 about Wrapped Coast, Kaldor Public Art Projects

Excerpt from 'Christo: Wrapped Coast', 1969 documentary by Michael Blackwood. Courtesy Michael Blackwood Productions Inc.

PHOTOS

PROJECT 1: <em>Wrapped Coast – One Million Square Feet, Little Bay, Sydney, Australia, 1968–69</em>. Photo: Harry ShunkPROJECT 1: Christo directs workers and volunteers to create <em>Wrapped Coast – One Million Square Feet, Little Bay, Sydney, Australia, 1968–69</em>. Photo: Harry ShunkPROJECT 1: <em>Wrapped Coast – One Million Square Feet, Little Bay, Sydney, Australia, 1968–69</em>. Photo: Harry ShunkPROJECT 1: <em>Wrapped Coast – One Million Square Feet, Little Bay, Sydney, Australia, 1968–69</em>. Photo: Harry Shunk
PROJECT 1: <em>Wrapped Coast – One Million Square Feet, Little Bay, Sydney, Australia, 1968–69</em>. Photo: Harry ShunkPROJECT 1: Workers and volunteers unfurl fabric for <em>Wrapped Coast – One Million Square Feet, Little Bay, Sydney, Australia, 1968–69</em>. Photo: Harry ShunkPROJECT 1: <em>Wrapped Coast – One Million Square Feet, Little Bay, Sydney, Australia, 1968–69</em>. Photo: Harry ShunkPROJECT 1: <em>Wrapped Coast – One Million Square Feet, Little Bay, Sydney, Australia, 1968–69</em>. Photo: Harry Shunk
PROJECT 1: <em>Wrapped Coast – One Million Square Feet, Little Bay, Sydney, Australia, 1968–69</em>. Photo: Harry ShunkPROJECT 1: Volunteers assist Christo in the construction of a second new work for Australia, <em> Wool Works</em>, at National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne.PROJECT 1: Construction of <em>Wool Works</em> at the National Gallery of Victoria in 1969. 75 wool bales were stacked in the gallery and two truckloads were arranged and wrapped in the gallery's Murdoch Court.PROJECT 1: Installation view of Christo and Jeanne-Claude's <em>Wool Works</em>, 1969, at the National Gallery of Victoria.

DOCUMENTS

PROJECT 1: Letter from Christo and Jeanne-Claude to John Kaldor outlining the workforce required to complete <em> Wrapped Coast. </em>PROJECT 1: A telegram regarding permission for use of the coastline of Little Bay.PROJECT 1: Original sample of the polypropylene rope used to tie down the fabric for <em>Wrapped Coast</em>. These ropes were then fastened to the rocks.PROJECT 1: Original sample of fabric used to create <em>Wrapped Coast.</em>
PROJECT 1: Christo’s drawing, dated 1 July 1969, illustrating the method for securing the fabric and ropes onto the rocks.PROJECT 1: Christo’s model for <em>Wrapped Coast – One Million Square Feet, Little Bay, Sydney, Australia, 1968–69</em>.PROJECT 1: Overlay plan for <em>Wrapped Coast </em> from the Surveyor, sent to John Kaldor on 30 May 1969.PROJECT 1: Christo’s collage for his second new work in Australia, <em>Wool Works</em>, 1969.