French Artist Jeanne-Claude Dies

Thursday, November 19, 2009

French artist Jeanne-Claude, who created the Central Park installation "The Gates" in 2005 along with her husband Christo, has died at the age of 74.

Jeanne-Claude and Christo undertook a number of large scale wrapping projects around the globe. In "The Gates," the artists hung saffron colored drapes along 23 miles of Central Park's footpaths. The installation was credited with bringing $254 million to New York's economy.

The AP reports the artist's family says she died at a New York hospital from complications of a brain aneurysm. Christo says he is saddened by his wife's death, but will continue working on their latest project, which involves spanning miles of the Arkansas River with woven fabric. They chose that location because of its river rapids and access to roads and footpaths. The project is expected to be completed by 2013.

The couple had worked together on temporary public arts projects for more than 50 years and lived in Manhattan. Jeanne-Claude's family says they are planning a memorial service. Her body will be donated to science.

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