Christo’s Biggest and Only Permanent Artwork Will be Built in Abu Dhabi’s Desert


Christo in his studio with preparatory works for The Mastaba New York City, April 15, 2012 — Photo: Wolfgang Volz. Image © Christo and Jeanne-Claude Foundation

Christo in his studio with preparatory works for The Mastaba New York City, April 15, 2012 — Photo: Wolfgang Volz. Image © Christo and Jeanne-Claude Foundation

Conceived in 1977, and currently, in progress, The Mastaba, Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s largest permanent artwork in the world, will be built in Abu Dhabi, in a proposed location approximately 160 kilometers south of the city in the desert of Liwa, in the United Arab Emirates. Made from 410,000 multi-colored barrels, the installation will create “a colorful mosaic, echoing Islamic architecture”. 150 meters high, 300 meters long at the vertical walls and 225 meters wide at the 60 degrees slanted walls, the duo’s final project will take at least three years to be built, once it receives governmental approval.

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