Wednesday, 16 December 2009


Christo and Jeanne-Claude

Project for The United Arab Emirates

The Mastaba will be a work of art made of approximately 410,000 horizontally stacked oil barrels. The grandeur and vastness of the land will be reflected in the dimensions of the Mastaba, which will be:

  • 150 meters (492 feet) high

  • 225 meters (738 feet) deep

  • 300 meters (984 feet) wide

This project has been ongoing since initial sketches in 1977. I'm always a bit worried when I read things like this because considering the UAE only gained independence in 1971 it seems like a mad rush to solidify its identity.

I remember first seeing 'The Gates' in Central Park when I visited New York a few years ago and that was pretty phenomenal. RIP Jeanne-Claude.

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