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145-foot Aerial Sculpture By Janet Echelman

Janet Echelman Inc. Aerial Sculpture, Photo by Will Novak, 2009

Known for her large-scale public artworks, Janet Echelman was commissioned by the City of Phoenix to create a public installation that would promote community and revitalize the downtown area. Its purpose was to draw attention to the new downtown civic space by creating something aesthetically appealing and praiseworthy. Taking into account technical details, including local climate and wind patterns, the piece would allow the sky to become the visual landscape.

The installation, “Her Secret is Patience,” featured a 145-foot aerial sculpture that suspended over the two-city-block Civic Space Park in Phoenix, Arizona. The sculpture, although incredibly large in size, was constantly in motion due to “wind choreography,” the natural motion by the flux of desert winds. Created using three-dimensional multi-layered netting, the project required the collaborative efforts of aeronautical and mechanical engineers, architects, designers, and fabricators.

Janet Echelman Inc. Aerial Sculpture, Photo by Katie Porter, 2009

Janet Echelman Inc. Aerial Sculpture, Photo by Tom Byrne, 2009

Janet Echelman Inc. Aerial Sculpture, Photo by Peter Vanderwarker, 2009

In addition to the net’s colored polyester fibers, the ‘illumination program’ was created in which lights allowed the colors of the net to gradually change through the seasons. As it hovered over treetops and buildings, the gigantic installation was nothing short of magnificent.

Janet Echelman Inc. Aerial Sculpture, Photo by Will Novak, 2009

Janet Echelman Inc. Aerial Sculpture, Photo by Valentin Berechet, 2009
info © Janet Echelman
images © Will Novak, Peter Vanderwarker, Valentin Berechet, Katie Porter


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5 comments on “145-foot Aerial Sculpture By Janet Echelman

  1. BiltBlog
    March 15, 2012


  2. FCPT - product designer
    March 15, 2012

    How cool!
    In 2005 Janet Echelman created a similar installation in my city.
    It’s called “She Changes”:

    • lexieludlowgroup
      March 15, 2012

      Wow that one is incredible too, it must have been amazing to see it in person, thanks so much for sharing!

  3. drawandshoot
    March 16, 2012

    Amazing. It makes me think of a shifting jellyfish.

    • lexieludlowgroup
      March 16, 2012

      I can totally see that now Karen! Thanks for commenting, glad you enjoyed the post

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