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Christo and Jeanne-Claude
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    Christo Javacheff (June 13, 1935- ); Gabrovo, Bulgaria.
    Jeanne-Claude Denat de Guillebon (June 13, 1935-November 18, 2009); Casablanca, Morocco
    Married (November 28, 1962)
    Art projects include ‘Wrapped Coast (Australian shore),' ‘Wrapped Medieval Tower (Italy),' ‘Valley Curtains (Colorado),' ‘Running Fence (California),' veiling of the Reichstag (Berlin), veiling of the Pont Neuf (Paris), ‘Surrounded Islands (Florida),' ‘Umbrellas (California and Japan),' ‘Wrapped Trees (Switzerland)' and ‘The Gates (New York's Central Park)'
    Despite forty years of collaborations, they're known for wrapping landmarks and landscapes with fabric.
    They were fined $60,000 for erecting steel posts on protected coast land (1976).
    Their projects cause city councils to hold special sessions and often divide communities.
    Art enthusiasts debate the artistic ‘validity' of their wrapping/veiling projects.
    Their projects are often protested by environmental activists.
    Their website points out that ‘the artist is NOT Christo. It is Chirsto AND Jeanne-Claude.'
    They each go by the presumptuous single name.
    Their wrapping/veiling projects are aesthetically pleasing.
    They finance all of their projects with their own money.
    They don't accept donations, sponsorship or endorsements for their artwork.
    They recycle all used materials after each project is taken down.
    Their veiling of the Reichstag in Berlin symbolized the divide between Cold War era Western & Eastern Europe.
    They raise money for several environmental charities.
    They were each born on the exact same day (June 13, 1935).

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