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Title

Running Fence, Project for Sonoma and Marin Counties, State of California

1974


Artist

Christo

Bulgaria, United States of America

13 Jun 1935 -


About

Running Fence, Sonoma and Marin Counties, California 1972-76

For two weeks in September 1976, 'Running Fence' traversed the hilly countryside of Sonoma and Marin Counties, northern California, descending to the Pacific Ocean at Bodega Bay.

The culmination of 42 months of collaborative efforts, ‘Running Fence’ was 39.5 kilometres long, 5.5 metres high, and used 200,000 square metres of heavy white nylon fabric strung between 2050 steel poles by 350,000 hooks. The fence became an endless ribbon of light in an otherwise desolate landscape; the sun’s shifting position giving the fence a luminous quality and the wind at times creating an eerie sound in the billowing fabric.

'Running Fence' was designed to be viewed by following 64 kilometres of public roads. The fence weaved through 59 private ranches, 14 roads and one town, leaving passage for cars and livestock.


Details


Date

1974


Media category

Collage


Materials used

collage: fabric, staples, cardboard, brown paper, pencil, charcoal, crayon, ballpoint pen


Dimensions

56.0 x 71.5 cm board; 56.5 x 72.3 x 5.3 cm perspex box


Credit

John Kaldor Family Collection at the Art Gallery of New South Wales


Location

Not on display


Accession number

L2011.29


Artist information

Christo

Works in the collection

17


Shown in 4 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 4 publications

Bibliography


Nicholas Baume, From Christo and Jeanne-Claude to Jeff Koons: John Kaldor art projects and collection, Sydney, 1995, 32 (illus.), 83.

Nicholas Baume (Editor), Christo. John Kaldor Art Project, 1990, Sydney, 1990, 153 (colour illus.). cat.no.89

Sophie Forbat, John Kaldor family collection: Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Christo', pg.62-77, Sydney, 2011, 65, 72 (colour illus.).

Adam Free, Journey to now: John Kaldor art projects and collection, Adelaide, 2003, 60.