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Running Fence

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graphite, pastel, charcoal, fabric collage on bristol board


22 in. x 28 in. x 1 1/4 in. (55.88 cm x 71.12 cm x 3.18 cm)

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Museum Purchase, George Otis Hamlin Fund with the aid of a matching grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, Washington, D.C., a federal agency

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“Running Fence” consisted of an 18-foot-high white nylon fence that stretched across 24.5 miles of Sonoma County, California, and extended into the Pacific Ocean. Conceived by Christo and Jeanne-Claude (1935--2009) and realized from September 10 to 20, 1976, the work was one of many large-scale public art projects by the artists that reshaped the perception and use of environmental or institutional spaces through interventions such as wrapping buildings or large land masses. Here, by collaging the fabric of “Running Fence” into a landscape drawn in pastel, pencil, and charcoal, Christo simulates--and makes the case for--this major work that required not only the support of local farmers and politicians but also significant funding. Christo and Jeanne-Claude paid for the “Running Fence” and their other works by selling drawings such as these and prints to aficionados near and far.

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