Floating sculpture brings color to Columbus skyline

April 1st, 2024

A rendering of Current created by Janet Echelman and her design team. Image: Studio Echelman A 229-foot-long floating fiber sculpture by sculptor Janet Echelman is now a permanent installation in downtown Columbus, Ohio. Crafted from fibers braided with nylon and ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene, Currenthangs between buildings at the intersection of Gay and High streets. It […]

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Netted sculpture billows above St. Petersburg pier

November 1st, 2020

The netted sculpture Bending Arc continuously changes shape and color from day to night. Photos: Brian Adams. Artist Janet Echelman used 180 miles of twine and 1,662,528 knots to create the ethereal look of Bending Arc, the aerial sculpture commissioned for St. Pete Pier, a 26-acre destination on the waterfront in St. Petersburg, Fla.  Echelman […]

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Capturing philanthropy

April 1st, 2015

Janet Echelman’s large-scale, aerial creations of thread have captured attention worldwide, so when the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle, Wash., wanted a sculpture that expressed the spirit of the foundation and established the center of its new global campus, Echelman got the commission. Her permanent installation, “Impatient-Optimist,” delicately floats between two buildings, changing […]

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