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christo and jeanne-claude’s ‘mastaba’ is realized through NFTs

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Christo’s Last Piece Fruition NFT Campaign

Previous Christo When he died two years ago, he hoped to complete the last two projects designed by him and his wife Jeanne-Claude. To Vladimir Yavachev, “Arc de Triomphe, wrapped” and “mastaba‘ In life.saw first Realized in September 2021meanwhile, the artist’s nephew is launching a campaign for the second piece. “It is our final promise, our final mission.” Vladimir Yabachev shared at Bloomberg’s Citilab conference in Amsterdam. Launched in 1977, the giant ziggurat stands in the desert of Abu Dhabi and is large enough to contain the two Great Pyramids.

At 150 meters high, 300 meters long and 225 meters wide, the entire artwork consists of 410,000 oil barrels and celebrates the artist’s largest permanent artwork in the world.To subsidize the project, the Christo and Jeanne-Claude Foundation sells one NFTs per barrel. “Since this project does not rely on government funding and has an estimated cost of around $400 million, we are really looking at many innovative ways (including NFTs) to make this happen. It’s actually a very simple calculation: making 410.00 NFT at a price of 10,000 per barrel will give you the amount you want. Said Yabachov.


All images © Christo and Jeanne-Claude Foundation | Christo in the studio preparing for the mastaba in New York City on April 15, 2012

Mastaba is permanently set

Christo and Jeanne-Claude always replied, “It’s not a matter of perseverance, it’s a matter of passion,” when asked how much patience they had to create this gigantic artwork. The artist’s dream of wrapping the Arc de Triomphe is back in September 2021. artist foundation Leverage non-fungible tokens to support construction and maintenance.

All of the duo’s projects were self-financed. The same goes for monumental sculptures made out of hundreds of thousands of oil barrels. Construction is estimated to take four years, but as Yabachev noted, “It’s going to be super sexy in just two weeks”. Ten elevation towers are used to lift the barrel into position to shape the monument.

Each NFT owner can use the original 55 gallon oil barrels as the barrels need to be replaced after 12 to 15 years. “It’s like a cathedral being built with sponsored stone, but in this case you can take the stone home.”

Christo and Jeanne-Claude's 'Mastaba' comes to life through NFT funding
Abu Dhabi Mastaba (Project for United Arab Emirates) | Scale model 1979

Christo and Jeanne-Claude's 'Mastaba' comes to life through NFT funding

the video is still “City Lab 2022” During Vladimir Yavachev’s speech at Bloomberg’s CityLab conference | Ten viaducts lift the perimeter walls of the ‘mastaba’ into place

Christo and Jeanne-Claude's giant 'mastaba' comes to life through NFT funding
Christo at the planned construction site in Mastaba, United Arab Emirates, March 13, 2017

Project information:

name: mastaba

Artist: Christo and Jeanne-Claude

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