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Bulgarian artist honors an old artist friend It's a doghouse worthy of a celebrity beagle, Snoopy.
It's also a nod from one artist, Christo, to another, the late "Peanuts" cartoonist Charles M. Schulz. Christo's tribute sculpture "Wrapped Snoopy House," a doghouse encased in tarpaulin, polyethylene and ropes was unveiled this week before nearly 500 people at the Charles M. kate spade super sale Schulz Museum and Research Center in Santa Rosa. In 1978, the cartoonist memorialized Christo's work in his daily strip, with the beagle pondering what the Bulgarian artist would kate spade canada online shopping do next. The final panel on the strip has Snoopy standing before his wrapped doghouse a prediction of the latest sculpture. Schulz was vital buy kate spade handbag in coaxing 56 ranchers and private landowners to accept Christo's and Jeanne Claude's famous "Running Fence," a billowing, white ribbon that rose from the Pacific and wound across the hills of Sonoma and Marin counties for two weeks in 1976. While Christo and Schulz seem to be on opposite ends of the arts planet, there was mutual admiration and friendship. Their whimsical art celebrated simplicity, while commanding a fresh look at everyday objects. "There is poetry in Christo's work and in Charles Schulz's work the happy feeling of being alive that is the common link," said Jeanne Claude, Christo's wife and artistic partner. Christo has done these site specific projects since 1958, as well as about 400 permanent sculptures including the "Wrapped Snoopy House" that he began in May. "This is a tribute to the friendship" with the cartoonist known to his friends as Sparky, said his wife, Jeannie Schulz. "Both men are devoted to their art, and they admired each other." Christo, Jeanne Claude and the Schulzes met in 1974 through mutual friend and Santa Rosa lawyer Ed Anderson. The couples had dinner four or five times as the "Running Fence" project was developed and vetted before 25 public hearings at county boards and several more at the California Coastal Commission. The cloth panels stretched about 25 miles and as the process entangled farmers, landowners and local residents, thousands of people in effect became part of the project. "Art should be in public spaces for everybody to enjoy," Christo said after the ceremony Wednesday night. One of those landowners, Jean Mickelsen, 88, said she still has a $1 check signed by Christo for an easement across her 650 acres. She said she treasures the two white panels that she was allowed to keep from "Running Fence." San Rafael cartoonist Scott Nico said both Christo and Schulz, kathy spade who died in 2000, exercised their imagination to create lasting art. "The sculpture is one form of art complementing another," he said. Anderson, the Santa Rosa lawyer, described Christo's sculpture as a priceless gift.
"Christo and Jeanne Claude's life has been his art," Anderson said. "It is exactly the same for Sparky drawing a strip was his art and he was committed to it, literally to the day he died.".
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