Remembering 'The Gates' Artist at the Met

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Public officials and members of the art world gathered at the Metropolitan Museum of Art yesterday to remember the French-American artist who created the orange fabric Central Park installation, "The Gates," Jeanne-Claude. She died at age 74 in November due to complications from a ruptured brain aneurysm.

''I've had the honor of meeting many artists in my life, but Jeanne-Claude was perhaps the most passionate, the most meticulous and the most impervious to the word 'no,''' New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said to the crowd, according to The Associated Press. ''She was the kind of unique and vibrant artist who comes around only once in a lifetime.''

Jeanne-Claude created "The Gates" in 2005 with her husband, Christo, a Bulgarian-American artist. The AP reports that more than 5 million people saw the installation, which was made up of thousands of orange pieces of fabric installed along 23 miles of Central Park's footpaths. All of the couple's projects incorporated miles of fabric. Christo has said he will continue to complete the projects he started with his wife.

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