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On September 22, 1985 it took 300 workers, 12.1 tons of steel, 42,900 feet of rope, and 440,000 square feet of woven polyamide fabric for Christo to complete The Pont-Neuf Wrapped. The artist’s fabric swaddled Paris’s most famous bridge for fourteen days, underscoring the bridge’s sculptural form while outlining its structural elements. The contours of Christo’s glossy wrapping draws attention to the bridge’s many past architectural incarnations while also contributing to its legacy of reinvention. This signed swath and installation view are new to the Library as part of the recently acquired Carla Stellweg collection. Though our swath measures only 4″ x 5.5,″ it remains a small piece of what, by some measures, could be considered the MoMA Library’s largest work.

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