Artist Christo Vladimirov Javacheff, who was known for creating monumental works of art that played off of their environment in cities across the world, died Sunday at his home in New York City, according to the artist’s representatives. He was 84 years old. Christo, as he was known, along with his wife and artistic partner, Jeanne-Claude Denat de Guillebon, liked to wrap things up. In 1985, they wrapped the Pont Neuf bridge in Paris with fabric and a decade later, they wrapped the Reichstag in Berlin with an aluminum-looking fabric. Together, they completed more than 20 projects, including a 2005 piece in which they mounted 7,503 orange fabric panels in New York City’s Central Park for one of their most famous installations, The Gates. After Jeanne-Claude died in 2009, Christo continued completing their projects. He presented The Floating Piers in 2016, a piece of work he and Jeanne-Claude first envisioned after they wrapped a massive section of the Australian coastline with fabric in
Imagining your place in the universe can make you feel pretty small and insignificant, and in the midst of a global pandemic? Well, even more so. “I think this moment that we are living through reminds us how fragile our species is, living on this small rock in the vastness of the cosmos,” says astrophysicist Ray Jayawardhana. But he doesn’t think that the universe should necessarily make you feel alone. It’s inspiring, he says, to remember the “intimate and enduring connections that we have with the rest of the cosmos.” Jayawardhana, a professor at Cornell University , has written a bedtime story called Child of the Universe which helps parents talk with their children about some of those connections. “The universe conspired to make you …” a dad tells his daughter as they look up at a full moon. “The iron in your blood, the calcium in your bones, are made up of stars that lived long ago.” Jayawardhana drew from memories of looking up at the night sky with his father, when he was a
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