Zünd helping to wrap the Arc de Triomphe

The cutting systems manufacturer Zünd is involved in a project aiming to wrap the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. A German company relied on technology developed by Zünd in finalizing the plans for the Christo and Jeanne-Claude project.

A drawing for the l'Arc de Triomphe project by Christo.
A drawing for the l'Arc de Triomphe project by Christo. Image credit: Property of the Estate of Christo V. Javacheff/ Photo André Grossmann

The “L'Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped” project had a number of problems to resolve prior to its now imminent unveiling later this year, details of which can be found in a press release issued by Zünd. On the one hand, doubts surrounded the project to wrap the Arc de Triomphe is Paris following the death of Christo in May 2020, one half of the artist couple. Jeanne-Claude died in 2009. After those involved ultimately decided to push ahead with the project, the coronavirus pandemic led to a delay. However, everything is set for the grand unveiling on September 18 and the cutting systems manufacturer based in the St.GallenBodenseeArea will have played its part in realizing the project.

For example, the German company geo-Die Luftwerker was charged with cutting and installing the project plans, for which it relies on the modern digital cutting technology from Zünd and the Zünd Cutter G3 XL-3200. “The machine has saved us a huge amount of time and trouble since we bought it in 2013”, explains Robert Meyknecht, owner of geo-Die Luftwerker, in the press release. “To achieve maximum impact Christo and Jeanne-Claude projects need be installed very quickly, almost as if they suddenly appeared out of thin air. Obviously, there is no room for error. We are pleased that our Zünd cutter helps us to achieve the precision we need to make this happen”, Meyknecht adds.

The company geo-Die Luftwerker has been involved in Christo and Jeanne-Claude projects for several years already. For this reason, it started looking for a digital cutting system and Meyknecht did some research into the products on offer. “But when I visited the Zünd headquarters in Switzerland, it was immediately clear that we would opt for a Zünd cutter”, he says. Especially since the Zünd cutter is not only used for art projects, as Meyknecht and his employees deploy the system developed by Zünd for the construction of hot air balloons as well.

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