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Christo

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Bernice Pantell (pantell)
Fri, 22 Nov 1996 23:59:12 -1000 (HST)

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Christo's Running Fence started in Petaluma [chicken country] and ended by
entering the sea on the Northern California coast. I drove the entire
route and found it fascinating. Everything focused differently and there
were some visual puns that were delightful. The entire route was attended
by art students from various towns and cities in the area. At one spot in
the road one of them handed me a small piece of the fabric that was used.
I still have it. I know several people who had never been to an art museum
who drove along the Running Fence. It didn't seem harmful or offensive to
the environment. It provided an entirely different perspective.

As for the umbrellas, that was a two nation installation: in California and
Japan [Hokaido, I believe]. I didn't know about the fatal accident, and
that is certainly a stain on the endeavor, but I don;t think it makes a
general statement.

Apparently it is true that he raises enough money to fund his own projects.
The exhibits that I have seen seem to support those statements.

Bernice Pantell


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