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William Christenberry
Alabama Wall I
1985
metal and tempera on wood
45 3/8 x 50 1/2 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum



William Christenberry has often used found objects in his work. Here the license plates refer to his annual summer drive from his home in Washington, D.C., to his birthplace in Hale County, Alabama, which is the inspiration for much of his art. The frequently repeated number "36" alludes to the year of the artist's birth. It is also the number used on Alabama license plates to designate Hale County.