Daniel Buren worked directly on the first 544 metres of this functional fence sculpture along a single ridge line and since then the artist’s theme has been extended until, over time, it will become the only form of fence on the property.
This approach has led to the creation of one of Buren’s most distinctive works, first for its visual unification of the vast and complex ground plane of the farm property through the repetition of form and colour, and second, paradoxically for its ability to disappear through ubiquity and thus become a given of the site.
Daniel Buren was born in 1938 in Boulogne-Billancourt, near Paris. He has exhibited extensively in museums and galleries worldwide. Since 1972, he has participated four different times at Documenta in Kassel; and has been invited to the Venice Biennial more than ten times. In the same year he completed the work, ’Les Deux Plateaux,
sculpture in situ’ at the Palais Royal in Paris which has become the first of now more than eighty public artworks that he has created around the world. He has received numerous awards including the Golden Lion for the best pavilion at the 1986 Venice Biennale; the ’International Award for the Best Artist’ in Stuttgart, Germany in 1991;
the ’Grand Prix National de Peinture’ in France in 1992; and in 1990 he was honored as a ’Living Treasure’ in New Zealand for the country's 150th anniversary.