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C'est une œuvre d'art éphémère à 14 millions d'euros, qui nécessite 95 cordistes :
It is an ephemeral work of art that cost 14 million euros and required 95 rope access technicians:
L'Arc de Triomphe entièrement empaqueté ; inauguration prévue samedi.
The Arc de Triomphe, fully wrapped; its inauguration is scheduled for Saturday.
C'est Christo et sa femme Jeanne-Claude qui sont à l'origine de ce projet fou.
It is Christo and his wife Jeanne-Claude who are at the origin of this crazy project.
Tous les deux sont décédés, c'est leur neveu qui a permis d'accomplir le projet.
Both are deceased, it is their nephew who made it possible to accomplish the project.
Une œuvre qui divise forcément, et qui dans tous les cas ne laisse pas indifférent.
A work of art that provokes mixed reactions, and that doesn't leave anyone cold.
- J'ai l'impression que ça va être un tour de magie et que quand ils vont enlever les draps, il n'y aura plus rien.
- I have the impression that it will be a magic trick and that when the sheets are removed, there will be nothing left.
Non je trouve ça assez intéressant, c'est impressionnant, j'aime bien...
Well I find it interesting, it is impressive, I like it...
- Tant que c'est temporaire, c'est très bien, c'est joli, c'est une bonne façon d'appréhender l'art, changer un peu les bâtiments...
- As long as it is temporary, this is a good thing, it is nice, it is a good way to approach art, to change buildings a bit...
J'aime bien ce côté gris, lumineux, c'est sympathique.
I like this gray, bright side, it's nice.
- C'est très emballant. Je trouve ça magnifique. C'est vraiment de l'art pur.
- It's very exciting. I find it magnificent. It really is pure art.
- C'est de l'art ça ?
- Is that art?
- Je trouve qu'il est plus beau sans mais...
- I find it more beautiful without it but ...
- Ça m'angoisse, quand je vois ça regardez : c'est moche. Pourquoi couvrir l'Arc de Triomphe ?
- It worries me, when I see that, look: it's ugly. Why cover the Arc de Triomphe?
- J'aime beaucoup, c'est vraiment spécial. Nous on l'avait déjà vu avant, mais je comprends que ça puisse être décevant pour les touristes qui le voient pour la première fois.
- I like it a lot, it's really special. We had seen it before, but I understand that it can be disappointing for tourists who see it for the first time.
- Ça a coûté 14 millions ?
- It cost 14 million?
- Mais on aurait pu en construire un tout neuf !
- But we could have built a brand new one!
- C'est vraiment décevant.
- It's really disappointing.
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The Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped


Source: RMC, Youtube, 14 Sep 2021

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