Vale Christo: you wrapped our coastline and took Australia to the world

While it might have started with a stale sandwich, the legacy of Christo stretches from Sydney's coastline to some of the world's most iconic site, bringing joy to many people and ushering their love of contemporary art.

Born Christo Vladimirov Javacheff, but simply known as ‘Christo’, the Bulgarian-born artist became famous for his large-scale interventions within the landscape. He died this week aged 84, reported to have passed away peacefully at his home in New York from natural causes on Sunday (31 May).

Together with his late wife, Jeanne-Claude Denat de Guillebon, the couple wrapped iconic global landmarks – both natural and man-made – in thousands of meters of fabric, bound up in a conversation which possessed both political and environmental overtones.

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Gina Fairley is ArtsHub's National Visual Arts Editor. For a decade she worked as a freelance writer and curator across Southeast Asia and was previously the Regional Contributing Editor for Hong Kong based magazines Asian Art News and World Sculpture News. Prior to writing she worked as an arts manager in America and Australia for 14 years, including the regional gallery, biennale and commercial sectors. She is based in Mittagong, regional NSW. Twitter: @ginafairley Instagram: fairleygina