UNCA’s wrapped trees, Christo-style

The husband-and-wife artistic team of Christo and Jeanne-Claude are famous for public-art installations using brightly colored materials to encase large buildings or surround islands. The two will speak at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 5, at Thomas Wolfe Auditorium as part of the Asheville Art Museum’s Distinguished Artist Series.

Photo by Jason Sandford.

When a group of UNCA students learned that the campus library would feature a signed poster featuring the artists’ work, titled “Wrapped Trees,” the students decided to pay homage through their own public art piece. Using 12,000 square feet of lightweight fabric donated by parachute-maker Mills Manufacturing Corp., the students wrapped two trees on the campus quad in similar fashion.

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