Well, if internet polls are any indication, maybe so. The art in the ad looks like a cross between Christo’s “wrap” works and The Gates. AT&T also placed a disclaimer on its ad that the commercial was not related to Christo’s works, which seems to show that the company knew there was some similarity…in fact, I envision a Mad Men-type ad meeting in the boardroom: “it will be like Christo. It’s artistic and modern, yet organic. These images speak to the unity of mankind, brought to you by AT&T.” Or something like that.
Christo’s lawyers are complaining to AT&T. This would be a very interesting infringement suit if the dispute doesn’t settle.