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Artist Jeanne-Claude, co-creator of 'The Gates,' dead at 74

By Jamie Guzzardo, CNN
Jeanne-Claude died Wednesday from complications of a ruptured brain aneurysm, her Web site said.
Jeanne-Claude died Wednesday from complications of a ruptured brain aneurysm, her Web site said.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Announcement of her death made on Web site shared with husband Christo, also an artist
  • Jeanne-Claude was born in Casablanca, Morocco, to a French military family
  • She and Christo erected 7,503 gates draped with nylon fabric in Central Park
  • Other famous fabric projects took place in Berlin and northern California
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New York (CNN) -- Artist Jeanne-Claude, co-creator of the 2005 Central Park art installation "The Gates," died Wednesday from complications of a ruptured brain aneurysm, according to the Web site Jeanne-Claude shared with her husband, the artist Christo.

Jeanne-Claude, who was born in Casablanca, Morocco, as Jeanne-Claude Denat de Guillebon of a French military family, was 74, according to the Web site.

The two artists, who met in Paris, France, in November 1958, had worked together for 51 years creating temporary works of art. Some of their previous work included wrapping the German parliament building in Berlin in silver fabric, and installing a running fence of white fabric up and down the hills of northern California.

"The Gates," Christo's and Jeanne-Claude's $21 million temporary art installation in Central Park in 2005, was financed by the artists, partly by selling drawings and models of the project. It featured 7,503 gates draped with saffron-colored nylon panels, which fluttered across 23 miles of the park's paved pathways.

Although "The Gates" project was removed after 16 days, the work rejuvenated tourism in Central Park, with New York's parks department estimating that more than 1 million people passed through the exhibit.

The project was officially titled "The Gates, Central Park, New York, 1979-2005,"" to represent the 26 years it took to get New York City to approve the project.

"New York City lost one of our great artists," Mayor Michael Bloomberg said in a statement.

He described "The Gates:" as "one of the most exciting public art projects ever put on anywhere in the world -- and it would never have happened without Jeanne-Claude."

 
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