Weaving Art Into the Fabric of Cities

Weaving Art Into the Fabric of Cities

(bright music) – I see my work as woven
into the fabric of cities. These soft fibers move and
adapt to wind and light and rain, and they are a way of being; they are about interconnectedness. I’m Janet Echelman, I’m an artist. I bring sculpture and form and
light into the public realm, so that we can literally change the spaces that we live in, in cities. My sculpture has traveled
to five continents. It takes an incredible team to create one of these sculptures. I am working with computer
scientists and artisans, and aeronautical and structural engineers all over the world. This part is hanging the
way we want it to hang, down there. My studio is where we incubate ideas. Some of my newest work I’m
using data sets from science, whether it’s human action or
an earthquake and tsunami, to reveal our relationship with the world; and then I just start sketching, whether it’s with a pen or paintbrush. Then we start to model
it in three dimensions in the computer, and we
also make physical models. They begin as raw fiber that
is braided into twine and rope, put on to bobbins, and
loomed using machines, and the ropes are spliced by hand. To take the work and
install it in the city is a whole ‘nother set of artistry. The peace comes together as a single sewn garment for the city. My work is about the
dynamic nature of life, and it’s always unfolding. During the day the colors of the sculpture change slightly as sunlight changes. At night I’m projecting colored light that is very slowly, gradually changing. It’s never the same piece, and you and the person
you come to see it with might have completely
different experiences. The work invites people to engage with it.

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63 Replies to “Weaving Art Into the Fabric of Cities”

  1. Man thats cool, if only spider can make this type of things i wont be scared of it anymore :v
    Edit: nvm spiders don't have coloured web strings

  2. You guys should check out Benjamin Shine !! He makes sculptures out of tulle and it’s really beautiful and mesmerizing !!

  3. How do these massively complex constructions involving so many, operate without causing harm to urban wildlife? Public art DOES seem to LACK the COMPLETE consideration of consequences once in-place. I see it repeatedly, from electrical works integrated into new construction that are difficult to repair, to intricate mobiles that are costly to keep clean, and stop functioning because they can ONLY perform when they ARE exquisitely sparkling… Why do we humans continue to function in so very many areas and industries only pell mell without considering consequences to the intermediate and longterm future? "Money is time" must cease dominating our work ethic thinking so narrowly, because that model has too many costly post-transactional consequences in so many circumstances!

  4. This is absolutely spectacular . For indoor spaces this seems good but when outside isn’t this a threat to birds ?, I hope thinking about that sad of this also .

  5. They should install some sonic device to repel birds. Would be a nightmare to get them out of those nets. But otherwise, pretty mobiles.

  6. IMO, you cant call yourself an artist unless you do at least 50% to 100% of the work. otherwise your just the idea man. PS: don't over fluff your work, it makes you sound like you did not do much to make it special, an artist should mostly hate their own work because of the time and effort wasted to make it.

  7. they do look cool, but she's a little self important imo. it's like she's reusing the one good idea she had over and over and over again. I can't blame her for that, but it'd be cool to see her kick it up like 10 notches.

  8. OMG, is anything out of her mouth NOT an overused cliche? Besides, it's all perishable shit that will be in the landfill shortly where fortunately, it will no longer be a hazard to wildlife.

  9. These are beautiful, yeah, but definitely my first thought was "what about the birds???" If only there was a way to have it both ways!

  10. Everything is cool but it will be more cooler if they use plastic as the string.

    Because i've seen people can make clothes from plastic by shredding it and making it into string and wools.

    Just thought it will be great if they use this innovation, because for that big sculpture? That's a lot of plastic saved!

    (Of course they might be some disadvantage, but everything have it pros and cons right? )

    have a great day!

  11. can anyone tell me .. how do these people make money? it require shit loads of money to make such thing. who pays for art. .

  12. It's amazing but I just hope she would address it as "our artwork" instead of "my artwork". It might be her idea and design, but without the other people who work with her, it wouldn't be installed anyhow. Just sayin' tho

  13. Isn't bad for environment, especially birds? Isn't going to trap birds in the city? Birds have less space in cities, this is going to take away more space from them. I don't think it is a good idea. It is evil.

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