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Christo (Christo Vladimirov Javacheff) (Gabrovo, Bulgaria, 6/13/1935 – 5/31/2020, New York City, NY)


Running Fence

Creation Date



20th century


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

Object Type


Creation Place

North America, United States

Medium and Support

graphite, pastel, charcoal, fabric collage on bristol board mounted on stretcher

Credit Line

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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Accession Number

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 his partner Jeanne-Claude and realized for ten days in September 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 creative interventions. Here, by collaging the nylon 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 Running Fence and other works by selling drawings and prints to aficionados near and far.

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