Seemingly destined to be together being born on the same date, June 13, 1935, Christo and Jean-Claude's marriage birthed a movement in environmental art.
Until 1994 only Christo was credited for the couple's pieces, but then retroactively Jean-Claude's name was included. Traveling on separate planes, they believed that if one died in a crash, the other could continue their work. They believed that artists "never retired," that only passing away would prevent creation. Fiercely defensive of their belief that their works were to simply "exist as art," they ramped up the scale and intrusive obscuring of their projects.
Their first collaboration was in 1961 (a year after the birth of their son) covering oil barrels in a port of Cologne. Their last major collaboration was the The Gates at Central Park where near-safety-orange fabric created a pointed, unnaturally colored "river" running through New York City's ode to nature.