The Easel

Christo: ‘Art is useless’

Christo is repelled by the idea of a retrospective but did agree to reflect on his remarkable career. Self-description – “I don’t know what I am; sculptor? painter? architect?” His success rate? “46 projects refused for 22 realised”. What is success? Something that evokes “elemental emotions … constituting the sense memory that alone will endure.”