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Intertwined

My parents recently sold the house I grew up in, which was an oddly emotional experience for me, especially considering I haven’t lived there since I left at 18 to go to RISD. Leaving behind a tiny New England town in southeastern Massachusetts, they moved into an apartment in Boston.

I got a call recently from my mom, telling me about a huge net installation she saw while exploring her new bit of town, then she sent me this link (original article here) to share with you, dear readers.  It looks like a beautiful piece of knitting stretched across buildings and sky and I love that the artist states that it’s a way to “visually knit together the fabric of the city with art.” If you find yourself in Boston, it would definitely be worth checking out. Gorgeous!

Thanks, mom!

A Monumental Sculpture of Colorful Twine Netting Suspended Above Boston 

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One hundred miles of twine compose this public sculpture of suspended netting above Boston, a structure that spans the void of an elevated highway that once split downtown Boston from its waterfront. The artist, Janet Echelman, designed the artwork titled As If It Were Already Here to reflect the history of the installation’s location. Echelman also intended the piece to be a visual metaphor—a way to “visually knit together the fabric of the city with art,” she explains.

The installation is 600 feet at its widest, including over 500,000 knots for structural support. Each time one section of the sculpture sways or vibrates in the wind the other parts follow suit, undulating as a single form 600 feet in the sky. As the day progresses the 1,000-pound structure’s webbed surface begins to glow, becoming a beacon in the sky rather than blending into the blue above it. In addition to moving with the wind, the structure also glows in response to sensors that register tension and project light onto the sculpture.

As If It Were Already Here is just one of Echelman’s enormous sculptures, she’s also installed pieces in MontrealSeattle, 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 very essence of urban spaces.” You can see Echelman speak about her other environmentally-responsive sculptures in her TED talk here.

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4 Comments Post a comment
  1. Karen #

    Love!

    August 12, 2015
  2. Should Chihuly be worried or flattered?

    August 12, 2015
    • Julia, since Chihuly (also a RISD alum!) works primarily in glass and this is twine, I don’t think he’d mind. 😉

      August 12, 2015
  3. Elizabeth Espada #

    Beautiful!

    August 13, 2015

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