Monday, November 21, 2016

Christo's Wrapped Snoopy House

Back in 1972 Sonoma county was graced with Christo and Jeanne-Claude's Running fence. This fence, made of sheets of fabric supported by polls, stretched over hills, traveled through farms, and crossed roadways for 24.5 miles only to disappear into the ocean at Bodega Bay. Christo's drawings and photos can be seen here:
Charles Schulz, a local to this area, was also a fan of the fence installation and immortalized it in one of his Peanuts comic strips in 1978 (
Twenty-five years later, Christo returned the compliment by creating Wrapped Snoopy House, a life-sized doghouse wrapped in tarpaulin, polyethylene, and ropes, and presenting it to Jean Schulz for permanent display at the Charles Shultz Museum in Santa Rosa, California.
I recently visited the museum and sketched the sculpture.


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