Width: 420 feet (128 meters)
Length: 320 feet (97.5 meters)
For a period of 18 days, 150,000 square feet (13,935 square meters) of white woven polypropylene floating fabric covered the surface of the water of a half-moon-shaped cove at King's Beach in Newport, Rhode Island. The cove is located on the southern exposure of Ocean Drive, facing the portion of Long Island Sound that meets the Atlantic.
Ocean Front, a temporary work of art, was financed by Christo and Jeanne-Claude through the sale of preparatory studies created by Christo: drawings, collages and scale models, as well as early works of the fifties and sixties and original lithographs. The artists do not accept sponsorship of any kind.
Unipolycon engineers Dimiter (Mitko) Zagoroff and James Fuller designed the project and supervised its construction. The project was coordinated by William and Gail Crimmins.
Work began at 6:00 am on Monday, August 19, 1974. The bundled fabric was passed from the truck to pairs of non-skilled workers wearing life jackets. They carried the 6,000 pound (2,721 kg) load of fabric to the water on two-by-fours stretched between them.
The fabric was laced to a 420 foot (128 meter) long wooden boom secured with twelve Danforth anchors, holding in place the frontal edge of the floating fabric. 42 rebar stakes were driven into the shoreline rocks to secure the inland edges of the fabric that extended to the beach and rocks. The installation was completed in eight hours. The work of art remained for eight days.