Colour and fabric
“Contrast plays an important role in our projects: we use synthetic sheets that let us create a strong contrast between light and shadow. Unlike sculpture, which is static, our projects are in motion, like an object that comes to life.
Many great artists have inspired us. Jeanne-Claude and I had always wanted to go see Scrovegni Chapel in Padua with the works of Giotto, because it is a perfect example of how fabric occupies most of the fresco. No face is highlighted, only large parts of fabric, there is a large drape in the drawings that descends to the ground: in the composition of classical art, the fabric creates a great harmony, and it is precisely the same harmony that is found in the cloth we use for our great outdoor works of art (…).
One should learn to enjoy the aesthetics of shapes, colours, movements and proportions. Our projects want to engage our physical sensitivity, push us to measure ourselves with “real” things, water, wind, trees, buildings, light. It is not virtual reality, it is not illustration.
I am aware that all the projects are entirely unnecessary, that the world can do without them, that there is no justification for these projects. But they are like the gesture of a painter who finds himself before a gigantic white canvas and feels the irrepressible desire to fill that canvas.” Christo Javacheff