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: http://christojeanneclaude.net/projects/running-fence
 
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 (https://schulzmuseum.org/explore/permanent-exhibition/).
 
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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Burning Man Sculpture: Lord Snort

lord-snort_sGeyserville, California is the new home of Lord Snort, a sculpture created by Bryan Tedrick for Burning Man 2016. The swine weighs aprox. 20,000 pounds and is over 20 feet tall and 30 feet long. Though I didn’t go to Burning Man this year, I was happy to see my favorite sculpture from the event displayed (at least temporarily) so close to home.

Sketched on location in graphite, colored pencil, brown and black ink, and watercolor. Aprox. 4 hours.

Fishing Boat Runs Aground on Sonoma Coast

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Last weekend while driving up the Pacific Coast Highway, I spotted a fishing boat that had run aground south of Salmon Creek. While I braved walking across the hot sand, my wife stayed at the car and overheard two men talking about the incident.

Apparently, the captain of the boat was drunk when he grounded the 54-foot fishing vessel called the “Verna A II.”A surfer spotted the boat At 2:30 in the morning and helped the captain ashore.

When the authorities arrived, the captain was arrested because of a previous warrant for his arrest. But the man escaped while making a trip to the restroom.

A few hours later, the police found the captain buying more booze at a local store.