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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

A Silver Lining

American "packaging artist" Christo finally got the go-ahead from the German parliament on Friday to swathe Berlin's historic Reichstag in silver fabric after a determined 22-year campaign.

After a heated debate that had deputies entangled in emotional knots, the Bonn parliament, ignoring strong protests, backed the controversial project in a 295-226 vote. Renowned for extravagant "wrapping" projects such as a Paris bridge and even islands, Christo first proposed the project in 1971 but was rebuffed three times.

Supporters saw the wrap-up as a rebirth of German democracy while detractors raged that covering one of the country's most history-laden buildings in plastic would be a desecration.