Wool Works, a temporary indoor installation, was completed at the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, the centre of Australia’s wool industry, on October 30, 1969. It remained in place until November 30, 1969.
The project saw a large stack of wool bales, 50 feet (15.2 meters) long, 8.3 feet (2.5 meters) wide and 10 (3 meters) feet high, installed in the museum’s Keith Murdoch Court. Dark tarpaulin, tied with rope, covered the top three-quarters of the structure. An additional seventy-five bales of opened, partially opened and unopened wool were arranged in rows in the tower gallery surrounding the court.
The project was realized in conjunction with Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s visit to Australia, of which the principal part was the Wrapped Coast, One Million Square Feet, Little Bay, Sydney, Australia, 1968-69.
A small exhibition of preparatory collages and drawings for Wool Works was shown at the same time in the museum’s temporary exhibitions gallery.