Wrapped Floors and Stairways and Covered Windows

Museum Würth, Künzelsau, Germany
1994-95

From January 22 to 27, 1995, Christo and Jeanne-Claude and their team created Wrapped Floors and Stairways and Covered Windows at Museum Würth, Künzelsau. The temporary indoor installation was on view from January 29 to June 4, 1995.

Collector and entrepreneur Reinhold Würth invited the artists to have an exhibition in his museum on the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of his company. The museum, planned and built by architects Maja Djordjevic-Müller and Siegfried Müller, Stuttgart, was finished in 1991. After Christo and Jeanne-Claude had seen the space they decided not to do an exhibition, but to create a temporary work of art for the interior of the museum.

Wrapped Floors and Stairways and Covered Windows involved the entire museum as well as part of the administration building so that both visitors to the museum and employees could experience the work of art.

A total of 31,215 square feet (2,900 square meters) of floor space were covered with 96,875 square feet (9,000 square meters) of drop cloths generally used by painters to protect furniture and floors from paint stains. The walls of the museum remained completely bare.

The flood of continuously changing folds of fabric on the floor emphasized the consciousness of the action of walking on a surface visually rich in form and texture, and muffled the usual sounds, creating a serene and calm ambiance.

A total of 879 windows were covered with 37,135 square feet (3,450 square meters) of brown wrapping paper that created a honey-colored light in the room itself while it obstructed the view outside.

Wrapped Floors and Covered Windows (Project for Museum Würth, Künzelsau, Germany)
Christo
Wrapped Floors and Covered Windows (Project for Museum Würth, Künzelsau, Germany)
Collage 1994 in two parts
12 x 30 1/2" and 26 1/4 x 30 1/2" (30.5 x 77.5 cm and 66.7 x 77.5 cm)
Pencil, fabric, brown wrapping paper, enamel paint, pastel, photograph by Wolfgang Volz, wax crayon, tape and technical data
Collection Würth, Inv. 2598
Photo: Wolfgang Volz
© 1994 Christo
Wrapped Floors and Stairways, and Covered Windows (Project for Museum Würth, Künzelsau, Germany)
Christo
Wrapped Floors and Stairways, and Covered Windows (Project for Museum Würth, Künzelsau, Germany)
Drawing 1994 in two parts
15 x 65" and 42 x 65" (38 x 165 cm and 106.6 x 165 cm)
Pencil, charcoal, pastel, brown wrapping paper, photograph by Wolfgang Volz and technical data
Collection Würth, Inv. 2595
Photo: Wolfgang Volz
© 1994 Christo
Wrapped Floors and Stairways and Covered Windows, Museum Würth, Künzelsau, Germany, 1994-95
Christo and Jeanne-Claude
Wrapped Floors and Stairways and Covered Windows, Museum Würth, Künzelsau, Germany, 1994-95
Photo: Wolfgang Volz
© 1995 Christo
Wrapped Floors and Stairways and Covered Windows, Museum Würth, Künzelsau, Germany, 1994-95
Christo and Jeanne-Claude
Wrapped Floors and Stairways and Covered Windows, Museum Würth, Künzelsau, Germany, 1994-95
Photo: Wolfgang Volz
© 1995 Christo
Wrapped Floors and Stairways and Covered Windows, Museum Würth, Künzelsau, Germany, 1994-95
Christo and Jeanne-Claude
Wrapped Floors and Stairways and Covered Windows, Museum Würth, Künzelsau, Germany, 1994-95
Photo: Wolfgang Volz
© 1995 Christo
Wrapped Floors and Stairways and Covered Windows, Museum Würth, Künzelsau, Germany, 1994-95
Christo and Jeanne-Claude
Wrapped Floors and Stairways and Covered Windows, Museum Würth, Künzelsau, Germany, 1994-95
Photo: Wolfgang Volz
© 1995 Christo