Photo: Wolfganf Volz

Tokyo Festival Program

Walking on Water

by Christo

  • Art Project
  • Film
  • Online Program

Schedule:Friday, Sep. 17 - Monday, Sep. 27


Language:English (Japanese subtitles)

Director: Andrey Paounov
Star: Christo

A documentary about how Christo created a huge public art project

Christo and his wife Jeanne-Claude became world-renowned for their mammoth outdoor art projects in which they wrapped entire buildings in fabric and created installations that transformed whole landscapes. Following the death of Jeanne-Claude in 2009, Christo set out to realize a project they had conceived in the 1970s: “The Floating Piers”. His plan was to construct walkways covered with sheets of fabric over a lake in northern Italy so that people could effectively walk on the water—and to do it without any public subsidy or corporate funding. This documentary chronicles the artist as he develops how the project would look, the struggles faced by the organizers in balancing those ideals with reality, and the series of negotiations they had to undertake with authorities and local residents. Full of insights about project-based art, it is a valuable record of their efforts in creating something that otherwise exists now only in people’s memories and a few photographs.

Video Commentary


104 min.


Ticket: 1,500 yen
Tickets on sale: Sunday, Aug. 29
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Photo: Wolfganf Volz


Born on June 13, 1935 in Gabrovo, Bulgaria. Together with his wife Jeanne-Claude who died in 2009, he created some of the most visually breathtaking works of the 20th and 21st century. Their “wrapped” buildings and distinctive installations swathing landscapes in fabric transformed familiar cities and the spaces around them. His objects and drawings are in the collections of museums and galleries all over the world, including The Museum of Modern Art, New York, The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Tate in London, and the Centre Pompidou in Paris. Christo died on May 31, 2020.


Producers: Izabella Tzenkova,Valeria Giampietro
Director: Andrey M Paounov
Composers: Danny Bensi,Saunder Jurriaans
Editor: Anastas Petkov

Cooperation: IVC, Ltd.

Coordinators: Fumiko Toda, Nao Miyauchi (arts knot)
Advisor: Sachiko Nishio (arts knot / sistema)


Organized by Tokyo Festival Executive Committee[Toshima City, Toshima Mirai Cultural Foundation, Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture (Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre & Arts Council Tokyo)]

Supported by the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan in the fiscal 2021


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