“The spaces I want to be in are nurturing and soft and saturated with color. Our cities don’t have enough of that, and as humans we need it.”
An American artist based in Brooklyn, Massachusetts, Janet Echelman – has been sculpting with engineered fibre fifteen times stronger than steel at the scale of buildings and city blocks since 1996. Echelman’s art transforms with wind and light, and shifts from being “an object you look at, into an experience you can get lost in.”
After her ten years of painting career ended, she decided to do giant sculpture with fishnet. Her first collaboration was with fishermen in Mahabalipuram, India – built a jellyfish-like self-portrait out of fishnet, called “The Wide Hips.”
The next collaboration, together with fishermen again, they tied a million and a half knots, and installed it in Madrid, Spain – and noticed by thousands which lead her way to her first permanent sculpture, “She Changes” in Porto, Portugal and then around the world.
Using unlikely materials from atomized water particles to engineered fiber fifteen times stronger than steel, Echelman combines ancient craft with computational design software to create artworks that have become focal points for urban life on five continents from Singapore, Sydney, Shanghai, and Santiago, to Beijing, Boston, New York and London. Permanent works in Porto, Vancouver, San Francisco, West Hollywood, Phoenix, Eugene, Greensboro, Philadelphia, and Seattle transform daily with colored light.
The recent works including in Amsterdam, Hong Kong, California, Florida, and Dubai.
As a recipient of an honorary Doctorate from Tufts University and a Harvard graduate, Echelman also taught at MIT, Harvard and Princeton Universities. With many international fellowships, she received many awards including: Smithsonian American Ingenuity Award in Visual Arts, honoring “the greatest innovators in America today”, named as Architectural Digest Innovator for “changing the very essence of urban spaces”, including the #1 in Oprah’s 50 Things That Will Make You Say “WOW!.
The recent Echelman’s artworks is “Bending Arc“, open to public since 6 July, 2020 in Saint Petersburg, Florida, USA. The 64 feet tall billowing artwork had been installed more than 6 months ago is welcomed and enjoyed by the public.
Source: About Janet Echelman — Studio Echelman YouTube Channel — Taking Imagination Seriously – Janet Echelman — Architectural Digest Innovator for “changing the very essence of urban spaces.” — Things That Will Make You Say “Wow!” — Massive hanging rope sculpture being installed at St. Pete Pier.