Christo planned to cover the Arc de Triomphe in Paris/France in 2020. But Covid-19 intervened and shortly afterwards the internationally renowned artist died. His nephew now has accomplished posthumously Christo's last work. The woven fabric for this piece of art was provided by a German customer of Dornier.
From September 18 to October 3, 2021, 25,000 m² of silver-blue fabric cover the 50-meter-high Arc de Triomphe. The coated fabric used, made from recycled polypropylene (PP), was provided by Setex-Textil GmbH, Greven/Germany. It took one year to produce this fabric especially for this work of art on a Dornier P2 rapier weaving machine. Geo. Gleistein & Sohn GmbH, Bremen/Germany, supplied 3,000 m of fire-retardant, bright red rope in final makeup with matching red fittings for the project.
Technology from Lindauer Dornier GmbH, Lindau/Germany, already played a part in earlier works by Christo, who always chose his “wrapping materials” very carefully. Thus, the PP fabric that covered the Reichstag in Berlin/Germany in 1995 and the material for Christo's project "The Gates" in Manhattan's Central Park, New York, NY/USA, were also produced on rapier weaving machines from Dornier.
Economic and recycling aspects also play a role. The former is particularly important because all of Christo's projects were realized without public funding.