(Christo) (b. 1935) - David Bourdon & Jonathan Fineberg & Janet Mulholland | Wolfgang Volz (photographs): Christo: Surrounded Islands. Biscayne Bay, Greater Miami, Florida, 1980-83.
New York, Harry N. Abrams, 1986. 27 x 29 cms. 696 pp. With a piece of the pink fabric from which the artwork was made bound at p. 145. Richly illustrated throughout in colour.
Boldly signed by Christo in red, ”Christo 1986”.
Publisher’s cloth, in a slipcase with panoramic aerial view of Surrounded Islands. Spine faded. Very fine.
Provenance: Jeanette Bonnier (1934-2016).
”On May 7, 1983, the installation of Surrounded Islands was completed in Biscayne Bay, between the city of Miami, North Miami, the Village of Miami Shores and Miami Beach. Eleven of the islands situated in the area were surrounded with 603,870 square meters of floating pink woven polypropylene fabric covering the surface of the water and extending out 61 meters from each island into the bay. The fabric was sewn into 79 patterns to follow the contours of the 11 islands. For two weeks, Surrounded Islands was seen, approached and enjoyed by the public, from the causeways, the land, the water and the air. The luminous pink color of the shiny fabric was in harmony with the tropical vegetation of the uninhabited verdant islands, the light of the Miami sky and the colors of the shallow waters of Biscayne Bay. As with Christo and Jeanne-Claude's previous art projects, Surrounded Islands was entirely financed by the artists, through the sale of preparatory drawings, collages, and early works. The artists do not accept sponsorship of any kind.”