Christo’s Umbrellas

October 9, 2010

 

Christo: Umbrellas (California)

 

 

On this day, Christo’s umbrellas were opened.

Over two thousand enormous umbrellas graced thirty miles of two landscapes on two continents. The Californian display was made up of 1760 yellow umbrellas, and the Japanese, 1340 blue ones.

 

What is so terrific about Christo?

Our moments of whimsy are so small. The are almost silent, careful asides at most. They are restrained, lest playing foolishly makes us a fool. They are shy, carefully avoiding the gaze all but a very few.

. . . his artworks are whimsy on an absurdly grand scale.

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