Painting is flat surface. With a sculpture, the surface is elaborated by the artist. He can go round, experience that different surface of the sculpture. All that space is entirely designed by the artist. Now, what myself and Jeanne-Claude do, we borrow that space and create gentle disturbances for a few days. Of course, many people try to stop us.
The most difficult part is still today the permits. Everything in the world belongs to someone. There’s not one square metre in the world that doesn’t belong to somebody.
Of course, the drawings of our drawing study of the Reichstag is about the Reichstag.
Fourteen days in June/July 1995 was the Reichstag wrapped. We have the biggest amount of visitors, five million people in two weeks; and that participatory public is unique. Actually, people create that energy of anticipation which is impossible to orchestrate or invent it.
Everything that was inherent to that space became part of the work of art. This is why we love to do these projects, because it is a real expedition and the incredible energy of human relations in space.
All these projects were absolutely, totally irrational. The world can live without them; they exist because only me and Jeanne-Claude like to have them. And this is no justification, no reason to exist, or make the people think they should exist.
And of course, that cannot be bought; nobody can charge tickets; nobody can own them; nobody can use them. All that is the power of this project; they are absolutely expressional, artistic freedom