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Visitors will approach the Arc de Triomphe in Paris for the first time this weekend.

The giant installation “Arc de Triomphe: Wrapped”, designed by the late artists Christo and Jean-Claude, saw the entire structure covered with a silver material.

Thousands of curious admirers took advantage of the nearly three-week opening to experience the modified monument in person.

“Christo is somewhere among us,” said a Parisian. “We love it, it’s fabulous.”

The couple conceived the project while living in Paris in 1961. It was finally realized this month, more than a year after Christo passed away.

The famous Napoleonic arch dominates the avenue des Champs-Élysées. Those who climb the 50 meters to the top can walk on it when they reach the roof terrace.

Bulgarian Christo Vladimirov Javacheff met Jeanne-Claude Denat de Guillebon in Paris in 1958 and they later became lovers. Jeanne-Claude died in 2009, and Christo in May of last year.

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