The 1/4 Mile or 2 Furlong Piece (1981-98)
The 1/4 Mile or 2 Furlong Piece (1981–98) is not a series, but rather a serial work. By 1998, Rauschenberg had created 190 panels and sculptural elements using techniques employed throughout his career, for a total length of almost one thousand feet. Sequences in The 1/4 Mile recall past series from his oeuvre, while others reflect contemporary trends in his art—visually representing significant trajectories that have developed throughout the artist’s career. The work has been shown at its existing length at the time of various exhibitions, accompanied by an audio recording of ambient sounds.