(bulgarian, b. 1935)
"THE MASTABA OF ABU DHABI; (PROJECT FOR UAE)"
Signed, titled and dated 1981 bottom left, pencil, wax crayon, pastel and charcoal on paper laid down to two pieces of board.
14 1/2 x 11 1/4 in. (36.8 x 28.6cm)
"In 1964 a Paris gallerist told us that when we were going to go to NYC she said artists always stay at the Chelsea Hotel. We came for an exhibition at Leo Castelli Gallery and needed to construct the Store Front piece for the show in our room, as we had no money to rent a studio. Since we were from France, we weren't sure if this was allowed so Christo would use his hand saw late at night. One of the Store Fronts needed a doorknob and we loved the one on our bathroom door, so we exchanged that one for one from the local hardware store. The piece is now in the collection of the Hirshorn Museum in DC." -Christo and Jeanne-Claude
The Mastaba was a project conceived in 1977 for Abu Dhabi and intended to be the largest sculpture in the world, with a height of 492 feet, a depth of 738 feet and a width of 984 feet. It is still a work in progress. The sculpture will consist of 410,000 multi-colored barrels that together will create a sparkling and colorful effect, an homage to the ancient mosaic tradition in Islamic architecture. A mastaba is a type of Egyptian tomb that pre-dates the iconic shape of the pyramid. To the inhabitants of the region, it is a familiar feature, inherent to their native landscape.
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