Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Christo and Jeanne-Claude: The Umbrellas

In 1991, Christo and Jeanne-Claude opened their exhibition titled The Umbrellas, in which the artists place significant emphasis on the principles of scale and proportion. The $26 million project consisted of 1,340 blue umbrellas set up in Japan and 1,760 yellow umbrellas in southern California over acres of open land. In total three million people viewed the exhibition. This exhibition was particularly powerful because of its massive and impressive scale. Although, each umbrella measured 6 meters in height and 8.66 meters in diameter when viewed from a distance they appear to be nothing more than points on a hillside. It is interesting how drastically the proportion of the umbrellas changes when viewed up close and then from a distance. I think that this exhibition is an excellent conveyor of the principles of scale and proportion and is quite beautiful no matter the viewer’s perspective.

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