Valley Ford in Sonoma County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Christo’s Running Fence
September 10 through September 21, 1976
—Pole 7-33 —
A majestic work of art, 18 feet high 24-1/2 miles long, which extended east-west, near Freeway 101 at Cotati on private property of 59 ranches following the rolling hills, crossing 14 roads, though the town of Valley Ford, and dropping down into the Pacific Ocean at Bodega Bay. Conceived and financed by Christo, Running Fence was made of 165,000 yards of heavy woven nylon fabric cut into panels 18 feet wide by 68 feet long, hung from a steel cable strung between 2050 steel poles set 62 feet apart. Each pole was embedded 3 feet into the ground and braced laterally with guy wires and earth anchors. The lower edges of the fabric panels were secured to the bottom cable. All parts of the structure were designed for complete removal and no visible evidence of Running Fence remains on the hills of Sonoma and Marin Counties today. This pole #7-33 was erected permanently by Christo as the request of the citizens of Sonoma County to commemorate this historic event.
Christo’s Running Fence
County Landmarks Commission
County of Sonoma
This is to certify that the above historic site has been officially designated as a County Landmark by the Sonoma Board
Erected by Sonoma Board of Supervisors. (Marker Number 24.)
Location. 38° 19.086′ N, 122° 55.512′ W. Marker is in Valley Ford, California, in Sonoma County. Marker is on Shoreline Highway (California Route 1) near Valley Ford Estero Road, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 14449 Shoreline Highway, Valley Ford CA 94972, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Running Fence (approx. 2.7 miles away); Watson School (approx. 2.7 miles away); Potter School Est. 1873 (approx. 3.2 miles away); Saint Teresa of Avila Church (approx. 3.2 miles away); Bodega Bay (approx. 3.3 miles away); Freestone House (approx. 3.8 miles away); Stormy's (approx. 4 miles away); Tomales Town Hall (approx. 5 miles away).
Also see . . .
1. Running Fence - Christo and Jeanne-Claude. A photo essay on the Running Fence by the artists. (Submitted on February 8, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
2. Christo and Jeanne-Claude's Running Fence - YouTube. A four and a half minute video clip on Christo's Running Fence. (Submitted on February 8, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
Categories. • Arts, Letters, Music •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 8, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 240 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on February 8, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.