Case | HBS Case Collection | February 2006 (Revised August 2006)

Christo and Jeanne-Claude: The Art of the Entrepreneur

by G. Felda Hardymon, Josh Lerner and Ann Leamon

Abstract

Christo and Jeanne-Claude, the artists who created The Gates in New York City in 2005, are trying to decide how best to finance their next project. Over the River, a project to drape sections of the Arkansas River with translucent fabric is a very different enterprise from The Gates. Bank Leu, the Swiss back that had provided a line of credit for The Gates, has declined the opportunity to participate in Over the River. As Christo and Jeanne-Claude review the Bank Leu vehicle, they must consider whether it is replicable to other projects and institutions or whether they should consider a different approach.

Keywords: Private Equity; Arts; Fine Arts Industry; Arkansas;

Citation:

Hardymon, G. Felda, Josh Lerner, and Ann Leamon. "Christo and Jeanne-Claude: The Art of the Entrepreneur." Harvard Business School Case 806-014, February 2006. (Revised August 2006.)