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2016 Running Fence: 40 Years Post

Four decades have passed since Running Fence graced the hills of Sonoma and Marin Counties in 1976. The monumental work by Christo and Jeanne-Claude consisted of a white fabric and steel-pole fence 24.5 miles long and 18 feet high that was installed across the properties of 59 ranchers, flowing over the hills between Highway 101 near Cotati and the Pacific Ocean. Running Fence existed for only two weeks, but the project started well beforehand and included years of debates and public hearings over the merits and potential impact of the artwork. Christo and Jeanne–Claude had to file an Environmental Impact Report, the first of its kind for a contemporary artwork.  

Over the past forty years, Running Fence has lived on in the collective memory, most vividly with those who were lucky enough to have seen it first-hand. Running Fence has grown in esteem and in 2008, the Smithsonian American Art Museum acquired an extensive collection documenting the work which was presented in a major exhibition in 2010. Perhaps because of its ephemeral nature, as well as the intensive process of obtaining permission to erect the work, Running Fence is intimately bound up with the broader community - the ranchers who ultimately supported it, the workers who built it, the visitors who admired it, the politicians who discussed it and even with those who opposed it. More than simply an artwork, Running Fence has become part of a greater cultural legacy in Sonoma and Marin Counties.The Museums of Sonoma County are home to one of the largest collections in the nation of works by Christo and Jeanne-Claude.

February 21, 2016
11-5

Phone:
707-579-1500

Price:
$10

Location:
Museums of Sonoma County

Website:
http://www.sonomacountymuseum.org/exhibits/art-museum.aspx