The architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe designed the Haus Lange in Krefeld, Germany as a private home, combining the indoor with the outdoor. Large "picture windows" allow the light and the natural landscape to enter the rooms. The building later became a museum.
For the Wrapped Floor, Wrapped Stairs, Covered Windows and Wrapped Walk Ways, Christo and Jeanne-Claude placed brown wrapping paper on the inside part of the glass of all the windows, creating a diffused honey-colored light throughout the interior. The artists covered the floor and stairs with folds of house painters' cotton fabric drop cloths. At the same time, the artists covered the walkways in the garden of the museum.
The installation was completed on May 9, 1971, and remained in place until June 27, 1971.