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In September 2009, artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude returned to Northern California for the 33-year anniversary of their “Running Fence” (1976) installation and to film “The Running Fence Revisited” (2010), directed by Wolfram Hissen and sponsored by the Smithsonian Museum of American Art.
In the early 1970s the people of Sonoma and Marin Counties were presented with what I’ll wager was one of the craziest ideas they’d ever heard. A fence? Made of cloth and going on for miles? For no reason other than the artists have one gigantic bee in their collective bonnet?
Though the artists had recently strung the crimson “Valley Curtain” in Colorado, their names weren't widely known outside of the art world. They had a lot of convincing to do.
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