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Christo and Jeanne-Claude
Running Fence (plates), 2021
Fine bone china
Set of 3 plates 10.5”, 8” and 6.5” in diameter
Edition of 300
$500 + shipping
Produced by Plinth for Independent Curators International (ICI)
The edition is a tribute to Christo and Jeanne-Claude, ICI’s late and longest-serving Trustees, whose work brought people together in deeply meaningful ways. Refusing to take short cuts, Christo and Jeanne-Claude often committed years of work to each project, seeing a singular idea advance through a changing world but remaining steady. This is evident in all the large-scale projects they planned and realized over the last six decades.
Running Fence (plates), 2021, depicts Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s 1976 Running Fence, the iconic installation that ran 24.5 miles through Sonoma and Marin Counties, California, and into the Pacific Ocean. Based on a preparatory drawing from 1972-76, the design runs across a set of three porcelain plates. Running Fence consisted of 42 months of collaborative efforts and the temporary use of the hills, the sky, and the ocean. In its completed form, the monumental artwork existed for only two weeks, and once it was removed, left no visible traces, with all materials given to the ranchers whose participation were crucial to the project’s success. Shortly after, in 1979, Christo and Jeanne-Claude joined the Board of Trustees of ICI, then in its fourth year. Christo continued serving on ICI’s Board until his passing in 2020.
Photo: Christo and Jeanne-Claude at Running Fence, California, 1976. Photo courtesy: Wolfgang Volz 1976, Christo and Jeanne-Claude Foundation