More than 500,000 sq. miles of bright pink fabric bordered 11 islands in Miami’s Biscayne Bay in Christo’s “Surrounded Islands.” Known for enormous environmental artworks, the Bulgarian-born Christo, his wife and collaborator Jeanne-Claude and 450 workers created the project to raise environmental consciousness and symbolize Miami residents’ life between land and water. Bold pink fabric was chosen to complement the island’s vegetation, the Miami sky’s light and Biscayne Bay’s turquoise waters.
Christo is a Bulgarian-born environmental installation artist, known for wrapping famous buildings and landmarks with plastic and fabric sheets. He initially wrapped small items, so they would become aesthetically pleasing when their function was hidden. For 30 years, he has collaborated with wife Jeanne-Claude on large-scale installations. Christo and Jeanne-Claude strongly support displaying art outside, so it can reach the largest audience possible.