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In 1976 Christo and Jeanne-Claude erected Running Fence through the hills of Sonoma and Marin Counties. It went right through the property at 999 Carmody Road. Running Fence was 18 feet high and 24.5 miles long. The art project consisted of 42 months of collaborative efforts, 18 public hearings, three sessions at the Superior Courts of California, the drafting of a 450-page Environmental Impact Report and the temporary use of the hills, the sky and the ocean at California's Bodega Bay.
As it had been agreed with the ranchers and with county, state and federal agencies, the removal of Running Fence started 14 days after its completion and all materials were given to the ranchers. The piece is commemorated by historic markers at Watson School near Bodega, California and at State Route 1 in Valley Ford, California. In December 1976, the County Landmarks Commission, County of Sonoma designated the Valley Ford site (pole #7-33) as Historic Landmark #24. The largest remaining intact and continuous section of the Running Fence hangs below the ceiling of the Rio Theater in Monte Rio, California.
To say Running Fence was controversial is an understatement. The documentary Running Fence is a lovely film about perseverance. The excerpt below is like a trip back in time. Enjoy!
Centrally located 32 miles north of San Francisco in Sonoma County Wine Country, Petaluma is the ideal base for exploring more than 195 wineries, the redwoods, dramatic coast, Point Reyes National Seashore and the entire Bay Area. 999 Carmody is surrounded by farm country yet just minutes from Petaluma, Cotati, Sebastopol, Bodega and Tomales via some of the most beautiful drives in all of California.
999 Carmody Road, Petaluma, CA
Offered at $1,295,000
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