The 1/4 Mile or 2 Furlong Piece (1981-98)
Rauschenberg intended for The 1/4 Mile or 2 Furlong Piece (1981–98) to be the longest artwork in the world. By 1998, Rauschenberg created 190 panels and sculptural elements using techniques employed throughout his career, for a total length of over 1,000 feet. Sequences in The 1/4 Mile or 2 Furlong Piece recall past series from his oeuvre, while others reflect contemporaneous and future concerns, visually representing significant trajectories that have developed throughout the artist’s career. The work is accompanied by an audio recording of sounds from Rauschenberg’s home and travels. The 1/4 Mile is not a series, but rather a serial work.