Running Fence, Project for Sonoma and Marin Counties, State of California
Bulgaria, United States of America
13 Jun 1935 -
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.
collage: fabric, staples, cardboard, brown paper, pencil, charcoal, crayon, ballpoint pen
56.0 x 71.5 cm board; 56.5 x 72.3 x 5.3 cm perspex box
John Kaldor Family Collection at the Art Gallery of New South Wales
Not on display
Shown in 4 exhibitions
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:
- Gosford Regional Gallery & Arts Centre, Gosford 01 Feb 2013–01 Apr 2013
- Glasshouse Regional Gallery, New South Wales 04 Jul 2013–25 Aug 2013
- Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery, Booragul 13 Sep 2013–01 Dec 2013
- Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre & Liverpool Regional Museum, Casula 09 Dec 2013–26 Jan 2014
Referenced in 4 publications
Sophie Forbat, John Kaldor family collection: Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Christo', pg.62-77, Sydney, 2011, 65, 72 (colour illus.).
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
Unknown, Journey to now: John Kaldor art projects and collection, Adelaide, 2003, 60.