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Pont Neuf Wrapped, inspiration, rationale and justification

Carefully observe the photograph of the artwork The Pont Neuf Wrapped by Christo and Jeanne-Claude.
Describe your reaction to it and answer the following questions related to the artistic qualities of the artwork:

Why do you consider this an artwork?
Why do you think it was made?
Can you think of one or more sources that might have inspired it?

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This particular "artwork" is referenced, and well-explained, at the following web site:
http://prelectur.stanford.edu/lecturers/christo/. This author has another related page which has video clips and other discussions of the works of these two artists.

The assignment asks for your personal reaction to the work. This you must state for yourself. Personally, I respect the amount of planning, organization and work that went into these monumental undertakings. Just getting permission to do them took years. I can respect that dedication. Also, the works are an interesting idea, and the originality and creativity of the idea must also be respected, even if one is unimpressed with the "artistic" results. Your response will reflect what went through your mind as you viewed the wrapped bridge.

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A discussion of the installation artwork the Pont Neuf Wrapped by Christo and Jeanne-Claude, whether or not the work is art (justification), its possible inspirations and the rationale for it, with citations.