Bowdoin College Museum of Art

Bowdoin College Museum of Art Bowdoin College Museum of Art

Advanced Search
Image of Running Fence 8600


Christo Vladimirov Javacheff (1935 - )


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

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


This artwork may be under copyright. For further information, please consult the Museum’s Copyright Terms and Conditions.

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 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.

Recommend keywords

Help us make our collections more accessible by providing keywords to describe this artwork. The BCMA uses the Getty Art & Architecture Thesaurus to provide consistent keywords. Enter a keyword in the field below and you will be prompted with a list of possible matching AAT preferred terms.