Macron Visits Arc de Triomphe Art Installation

The city of Paris is unveiling a monumental artwork built around an actual monument: the Arc de Triomphe completely wrapped in silver and blue fabric.

The installation by late artist couple Christo and Jeanne-Claude, who conceived of the project in 1961, will open on Saturday for a nearly three-week run, but the French President Emmanuel Macron came on Thursday to inaugurate it.

On weekends, the Arc de Triomphe's traffic-heavy roundabout will be closed for pedestrian traffic only.

Visitors to the famous Napoleonic arch, which dominates Champs-Elysees Avenue, will not only be able to see the gleaming fabric, but also touch it, too — as the artists had intended.

(AP)

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