Artist Jeanne-Claude dies; co-created 'The Gates'

NEW YORK (AP) -- The artist Jeanne-Claude has died. She created the 2005 art installation in Central Park called "The Gates" with her husband, Christo.

Her family says Jeanne-Claude died Wednesday night at a New York hospital from complications of a brain aneurysm.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg said he spoke with Christo on Thursday morning and offered condolences on behalf of all New Yorkers.

In February 2005, Christo and Jeanne-Claude constructed more than 7,500 metal gates draped with orange fabric in Central Park. Officials estimated that the project brought in about 4 million visitors and generated $254 million.

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On the Net: www.christojeanneclaude.net/

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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