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In 1968, Christo proposed to transform The Museum of Modern Art by wrapping it in seventy thousand square feet of heavy-gauge canvas tarpaulin bound with thousands of feet of nylon rope, by enveloping the sculpture garden in a vast skin of translucent polyethylene, and by constructing a twenty-foot-high steel barricade on 53 Street using 441 stacked oil barrels. He created numerous drawings, architectural renderings, and scale models in conjunction with the proposal, which was presented to the Museum but never realized, in part because city authorities regarded the project as a potential locus for civil unrest in an already contentious political period. In lieu of the actual wrapping, a small exhibition of the preparatory works was held in the Museum's lobby in June of that year.
The Museum of Modern Art Wrapped, Project for New York. 1968.

Scale model: painted wood, cloth, twine, and polyethylene, 16 x 48 1/8 x 24 1/8" (40.3 x 122 x 61 cm) (including base). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of D. and J. de Menil. Christo 1968. Photo: John Wronn, ©The Museum of Modern Art, New York

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