Tuesday, March 08, 2011

1.26 Aerial Sculpture by Janet Echelman

No it is not Mothra or some other beast from the Godzilla films but it is just as fascinating. Janet Echelman, a self-taught sculptor and Harvard graduate whose art has been featured worldwide, has learned to sculpt a high tenacity fiber that when coupled with light gives you the “1.26.” The 230 foot long sculpture is on display 7 stories above downtown Denver Art Museum to celebrate the Biennial of the Americas.


The name for “1.26” comes from the NASA announcement that the Chilean earthquake in 2010 shortened Earth’s day by 1.26 microseconds. Echelman was further inspired by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s rendering of the earthquake’s tsunami from which she fashioned her sculpture. What makes this sculpture even sweeter is that its made from a revolutionary Spectra fiber whose tensile strength is 15 times stronger than steel by weight.


This ultra strong material is durable to wind and weather and allows Echelman to display her works where art has not been displayed before. Enjoy the photos and teaser video of “1.26” below and visit Janet Echelman’s site for more of her work – HERE.
Aerial Sculpture by Janet Echelman (12)

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Aerial Sculpture by Janet Echelman 500x385 1.26 Aerial Sculpture by Janet Echelman



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