Christo and Jean Claude, Running Fence, heavy woven white nylon fabric hung from a steel cable strung between 2,050 steel poles, California, 1976
This two week installation was 18 feet high, 24.5 miles long on the private properties of 59 ranchers, following the rolling hills and dropping down to the Pacific Ocean at Bodega Bay, north of San Francisco.
The art project consisted of 42 months of collaborative efforts, the ranchers’ participation, 18 public hearings, three sessions at the Superior Courts of California, the drafting of a 450-page Environmental Impact Report and the temporary use of the hills, the sky and the ocean.
All expenses for the temporary work of art, north of 2 million dollars, were paid by Christo and Jeanne-Claude through the sale of studies, preparatory drawings and collages, scale models and original lithographs. The artists did not accept sponsorship of any kind.
Many questioned if this is actually a work of art. What do you think? Do you think a project like this would be able to occur in 2013?
This little installation is made by a steel frame covered with by polyester mesh creates a delicate structure provides an effects of light and shade of the trees swaying in the wind. Inspired by Japanese rice paper (shoji) and ink drawing, shadows are drawn in this small pavilion as a stroke of a brush, creating a world of black and white shadow projected over the it.
Esta pequeña instalación realizada con una serie de varillas y tela de poliester crea una delicada estructura que permite disfrutar del efecto de luz y sombra de los arboles al mecerse con el viento. En una clara alusión del papel de arroz japones (shoji) y al dibujo en tinta, las sombras se dibujan en este pequeño pabellón como si tratase del trazo en movimiento de un pincel, creando un mundo de en blanco y negro por las sombra proyectadas en él.