A Monumental Sculpture of Colourful Twine Netting Suspended Higher than Boston


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A single hundred miles of twine compose this community sculpture of suspended netting over Boston, a construction that spans the void of an elevated freeway that as soon as split downtown Boston from its waterfront. The artist, Janet Echelman (formerly), intended the artwork titled As If It Were Now Here to mirror the heritage of the installation’s location. Echelman also intended the piece to be a visible metaphor—a way to “visually knit with each other the material of the city with artwork,” she describes.

The installation is 600 feet at its widest, including around 500,000 knots for structural support. Each and every time one particular section of the sculpture sways or vibrates in the wind the other sections follow fit, undulating as a single sort 600 feet in the sky. As the working day progresses the 1,000-pound structure’s webbed surface area starts to glow, getting a beacon in the sky fairly than blending into the blue over it. In addition to relocating with the wind, the construction also glows in response to sensors that sign-up pressure and task mild on to the sculpture.

As If It Were Now Here is just one particular of Echelman’s tremendous sculptures, she’s also installed pieces in Montreal, Seattle, and elsewhere. Echelman received the Guggenheim Fellowship, the Harvard University Loeb Fellowship, a Fulbright Lectureship, and was named an Architectural Digest Innovator for “changing the extremely essence of city spaces.” You can see Echelman discuss about her other environmentally-responsive sculptures in her TED talk in this article. (via Gorgeous Decay)

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