Something a bit unexpected from us this week - thanks to the design bible Dezeen, we become aware of this amazing piece of installation art 'As if it Were Already Here' by Janet Echelman which hovers over Boston's Rose Kennedy Greenway in the U.S from May to October.
The aerial sculpture appears to float in the breeze over 100 metres above the public park in Boston constantly moving and undulating as it reacts to the conditions. Made out of over 160 kms (100 miles) of twine that has been spliced and knotted into an interconnected mesh. Stronger than steel and yet simultaneously light as a feather!
When darkness falls, 'As if it Were Already Here' appears transform into a piece of translucent fabric as it is illuminated by lights that respond to sensors around the site which register movement and tension in the art.
The arial sculpture is a response to the history of it's location - a hilly landscape that was flattened in the eighteenth century to create extra land from Boston Harbour. Additionally, the coloured bands reflects the more recent six-lane thoroughfare which existed before the current public park area was created in it's place.
The scale of the work is clearly seen in these images, with the sculpture stretching 183 metres at is widest point with anchors on three of the closest high-rise buildings. Janet comments that she is "excited to visually knot together the fabric of the city with art" and we think this ambitious project is truly awe-inspiring.
This recent work by Janet prompted us to find out more about the person behind it - and what an inspiring story it is. Take a look at her TED talk "Taking Imagination Seriously" (watch it here) which has been translated into over 34 languages and has been viewed almost 1.5 million times.
Janet did not have a background in architecture, sculpture or engineering - but after graduating in Art she was inspired by watching fishermen fold and repair their nets in India. Her first works were from experimenting with this everyday material and gradually her works have evolved significantly with more sophisticated materials and cutting edge technology.
Now we can experience these mesmerising sculptures all over the world - the images here are taken from Sydney (how did we miss that?!), Amsterdam, Spain as well as Phoenix Arizona U.S.A.
In Janet's own word's - when she first stood directly underneath one of her first full scale permanent works in Portugal, she felt both 'sheltered and yet connected to limitless sky'. We'd love to hear if you have experienced Janet's works and what you felt about them!