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.
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.
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