Famed sculptor, Christo Javacheff (known publicly as Christo) was born in Gabravo, and studied at the Fine Arts Academy in Sofia, before moving to Paris at the age of 23. It was here that Christo began associating with the Paris Nouveaux Réalistes, a movement critical of modern consumerism and waste.
Christo is famed for his 'wrapped objects', ranging from bottles to buildings, and first begun in 1958. His work is at times political, for example the 'wrapped Reichstag' and is often of gigantic proportions - in 1969 he wrapped part of the Australian coast. Since 1961 he has also used empty oil drums to create sculptural forms. He is most known for his major projects: 'Valley Curtain' (1971-2, Colorado), and 'Running Fence' (1976, California).