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The Malloy Lecture in the Arts

June 2004

Husband and wife artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude discussed their inspiration for “Gates” – their groundbreaking environmental art installation in Central Park. The pair first met in Paris and fell in love creating artwork together when Christo painted a portrait of Jeanne-Claude’s mother.

Their works include the wrapping of the Reichstag in Berlin and the Pont-Neuf bridge in Paris, the 24-mile (39 km)-long artwork called Running Fence in Sonoma and Marin counties in California, and “Gates” in New York City’s Central Park.

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