In early 1968, Christo and Jeanne-Claude proposed various projects for The Museum of Modern Art in New York City, to be realized all at the same time.
In addition to wrapping the museum's building and the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden, the artists planned to inflate an air package in the sculpture garden and to build a Wall of Oil Barrels outside the museum closing 53rd Street for both traffic and pedestrians.
Inside the main hall of the museum, Christo and Jeanne-Claude wanted to erect a mastaba of stacked oil barrels and to wrap several trees, some of which were intended to lie on the floor, while others would have been presented upright, their trunks being fixed to concrete bases.
The Museum of Modern Art would have been the first wrapped public building. Though Professor William S. Rubin, the museum's chief curator, initiated efforts to obtain permission to wrap the building, the insurance company warned that coverage would cease to be in effect the moment that the wrapping of the museum started.
Instead of giving Christo and Jeanne-Claude permission to realize their projects, the museum organized a personal exhibition containing a selection of Christo's preparatory drawings, collages and scale models. The show, which took place in June 1968, was titled "Christo Wraps the Museum: Scale Models, Photomontages, and Drawings for a Non-Event."