(Bulgaria, United States of America 13 Jun 1935 – )
56.0 x 71.5 cm board; 56.5 x 72.3 x 5.3 cm perspex box
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.
Nicholas Baume (Editor), Christo. John Kaldor Art Project, 1990, Sydney, 1990, 153 (colour illus.). cat.no.89
Nicholas Baume, From Christo and Jeanne-Claude to Jeff Koons: John Kaldor art projects and collection, Sydney, 1995, 32 (illus.), 83.
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.
Christo. John Kaldor Art Project, 1990:
From Christo and Jeanne-Claude to Jeff Koons: John Kaldor art projects and collection, Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia, 12 Dec 1995–17 Mar 1996
Journey to now: John Kaldor art projects and collection, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, 18 Apr 2003–06 Jul 2003
John Kaldor Family Collection Artist Rooms #1 - Christo: