Renowned artist Christo plans to create the world's biggest and most expensive sculpture in the Middle Eastern desert built from recycled materials.

This article titled “Christo plans sculpture of oil drums to tower above sands of Abu Dhabi” was written by Dalya Alberge, for guardian.co.uk on Saturday 24th November 2012 19.23 UTC

He is an artist best known for wrapping the Reichstag in Berlin and for siting thousands of coloured umbrellas across valleys in Japan and America. Now Christo is creating for Abu Dhabi a colossal structure that he claims will be the world's biggest permanent sculpture. Estimated construction costs of $340m (£212m) would also make it the world's most expensive.

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