The only ‘Barrel Project’ work still on display
Christo is known mainly for his wrapped buildings, including the Pont Neuf in Paris and the Reichstag in Berlin, but he also made installations from packaging materials, such as oil barrels. His latest ‘barrel project’ work to date, an installation of 13,000 oil barrels, was carried out in 1999. 56 Barrels in the sculpture garden of the Kröller-Müller Museum is the only ‘barrel work’ by Christo that is still on public display.
Conservation and exhibition
This work of art is seriously at risk from rust formation on the barrels and cracks in the concrete pedestal, among other things. For that reason, a major conservation treatment is underway. The whole process will be thoroughly documented and elucidated in a special exhibition.
The costs for this project are estimated at € 60,000.