Sep 22, 2021
Paris, 22. September 2021
At the end of the Champs-Élysées, one of the city’s most important landmarks shines in a new light. A moving fabric cover makes the triumphal arc appear alive. Bright red rope gives the artwork its shape and allows the observer to see the monument through different eyes. These images are now making headlines around the world. Finally, the time has come – the lifelong dream of artist Christo and his wife Jeanne Claude, which has been growing since the 1960s, is coming true: the wrapping of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. “Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped” can be admired from September 18th until October 2nd.
More than 26 years have passed since the artist couple’s most spectacular project to date, the wrapping of the German Reichstag in the summer of 1995. Today, 15 months after Christo’s death, his legacy is finally becoming reality after decades of planning. Over the past few days, thousands of people have watched in amazement as more than 70 climbers lowered and tied down the fabric panels from the attic of the triumphal arc. The artists’ vision was to make the wind visible through moving fabric. Thanks to 3,000 metres of fiery red rope from Gleistein, giving the construction a secure hold and its distinctive shape, this vision could be realised.
After Gleistein had already been able to impress with its many years of engineering experience and precise working methods 26 years ago in Berlin, the connection between artist and rope manufacturer was forged. That is why the Bremen-based family business is also responsible for tying down the fabric of the artist couple’s last installation. Together with a large team of experts from various disciplines, the perfect implementation of the project was planned down to the smallest fold. The images in the media only begin to show how impressive this project really is. A whole 25.000 m2 of silvery-blue fabric was attached with fire-retardant red rope. To ensure that the implementation went smoothly, Gleistein worked with the team to meticulously determine all the necessary rope properties and tested the ropes under various specifications. In keeping with Christo’s artistic aspirations, the exact shade of red was determined, and the ropes were equipped with correspondingly coloured fittings.
The wrapped Reichstag building was a celebrated symbol of German reunification for the people of Berlin at the time. “We put extra special effort into delivering truly perfect performance in this project and thereby helping to make it as beautiful an experience for Paris as the ‘Wrapped Reichstag’ was for Berlin.” says Klaus Walther, Managing Director at Gleistein. He understands how meaningful this event is for the people of Paris during this time.
Gleistein has been manufacturing ropes since 1824 and is the oldest family industrial company in Bremen (Germany). Together with its Trencin (Slovakia) plant the company boasts two of the most modern rope manufacturing facilities in the world with a total production area of more than 19,000m². Modern chemical fibres, sophisticated designs and futureoriented rope finishing equipment and procedures offer a definite direct benefit for the customer. Gleistein offers a complete service, supports its customers with industry-leading know-how and assists in selecting the perfect rope – whatever the need. Ready-to-use finishing of products, execution of contracted tests and the development of tailor-made solutions round out the comprehensive range of services. Not willing to wait for market or political pressure, Gleistein takes a proactive approach to ensure the implementation of the highest standards for resource-conscious and ethically responsible production and use of its products. The conversion to green electricity and establishment of our own combined heat and power station in 2013, recognition as being the first “Climate Protection Company CO2-20” by the state government of Bremen in 2015, waste avoidance through outstanding product longevity, on-site vehicle charging stations to promote e-mobility as well as the settlement of bee colonies on the company premises are clear examples of this, as is being the world’s first major rope manufacturer to completely convert to bio-based Dyneema®.
Geo. Gleistein & Sohn GmbH
28777 Bremen, Germany
Tel: +49 (0)421 69049-23
Fax: +49 (0)421 69049-99
Email: walther @ gleistein.com