L’Arc de Triomphe: Wrapped.
Bonjour from Paris, where French President Emmanuel Macron unveiled a surreal and spectacular sight on Thursday: the entire 50-metre-high Arc de Triomphe is now wrapped in silver-blue recyclable fabric.
The project fulfills the long-held dream of the late artist Christo and his wife and collaborator, Jeanne-Claude, who had always wanted to sheath the monument since renting a nearby apartment in the 1960s.
Macron was flanked by Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo and Mike Bloomberg for the official opening, along with workers and designers who made the dream a reality.
Paris sees the wrapping as a boost to the city, similar to how ‘The Gates’ in Central Park helped New York City rebound from 9/11.
It’s a remarkable sight, and it’s on view only through October 3. Click here to see a time-lapse of the monument being wrapping in fabric.
Read more: France Unveils Wrapped Arc de Triomphe
Can’t make it to Paris? Bloomberg Connects has launched a new digital guide to accompany ‘L’Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped’ and Christo and Jeanne-Claude: Realized Projects exhibitions.
What I’m Reading.
As French officials expressed ire over the new agreement, the French Embassy in Washington canceled a Washington reception and toned down celebrations commemorating a Revolutionary War naval victory by the French that helped the U.S. to win its independence.
Ahead of the annual U.N. General Assembly meeting next week, U.N. chief Antonio Guterres warned governments that climate change is proceeding faster than predicted and fossil fuel emissions have already bounced back from a pandemic dip. He also urged governments to put forward more ambitious plans for cutting emissions by the upcoming U.N. climate summit in Glasgow.
Brazil’s central bank made it mandatory for banks to disclose climate-related information as part of financial reporting by July 2022, in accordance with the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD), set up by the G20 and chaired by Mike Bloomberg.
Best of Late Night.
“The White House announced that over the past month, the number of Americans getting their first vaccine shot has spiked by 70%. Turns out many of them weren’t so much anti-vaccinate as they were pro-crastinate.”
— Jimmy Fallon
“According to a new survey, more than half of Americans said that they have never been in a physical fight. ‘But what if someone slightly inconveniences you?’ asked Boston.”
— Seth Meyers
On this week’s recall election in California that Governor Gavin Newsom won in a landslide to stay in office:
“Kind of a weird thing to celebrate. Newsom’s staff got him a cake to celebrate that says, ‘Congrats on not being fired?’”
— Jimmy Fallon
“Did he win? Can you win an election you didn’t want to happen?
— Jimmy Kimmel
“Sorry, California Republicans, I know you spent 20 months and millions of dollars on this recall, but you know what they say: You win some, but not in California.”
— Stephen Colbert
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