Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Running Fence, 1972-76

Christo and Jeanne-Claude created earthworks that were different than the permanent pieces by artists like Smithson and Heizer. Instead, these site-specific installations stayed up only for a few weeks at a time. However, the most important parts of the project was the planning and execution. The process for Running Fence and other pieces like it was exhaustive; Christo needed to bypass a lot of red tape and regulations before being able to install his works. For this piece which was 26.5 miles long and covered a large swath of the California landscape, Christo had to get permission from the coastal commission and the eighteen ranchers who owned the land that Running Fence crossed. Officials filed a 450 page environmental impact report, but the project was ultimately approved. 

 

Posted on October 30 2012, with 198 Notes

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