Running Fence was a 24.5 mile massive art installation on the hills of Sonoma and Marin Counties, ending with a dive into the Pacific Ocean. Rated by the Smithsonian Institution as one of the most important artworks of the second half of the 20th Century, Christo and his wife Jeanne Claude donated the work to the Smithsonian about 10 years ago. But a significant collection of Running Fence artifacts and other Christo works is housed at the Sonoma County Museum in Santa Rosa. It is a fascinating story of how 59 Sonoma County ranchers were persuaded by an avant garde artist team to host the art installation in 1976.
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