Wife of Christo, and artist herself, Jeanne-Claude has died at age 74. She co-created the 2005 "Gates" installation, that spanned 23 miles in Central Park, alongside her husband (the installation brought $254 million to the local economy here). Mayor Bloomberg spoke with Christo this morning to offer condolences on the behalf of the city, where Jeanne-Claude died last night of a brain aneurysm.
In a statement from the family, it was stated that Christo was deeply saddened and "committed to honor the promise they made to each other many years ago: that the art of Christo and Jeanne-Claude would continue." The couple was allegedly born on the same day, and during the same hour — only to meet in Paris in 1958 and spending their life together creating temporary public arts projects. She once said in an interview that her favorite project was "the next one."