Janet Echelman, 1.26 AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS, Sculpture Project at the Amsterdam Light Festival, December 7, 2012- January 20, 2013
Janet Echelman started her career as an artist after graduating from Harvard. She moved to Hong Kong in 1987 and completed a study in Chinese calligraphy and landscape painting then moved to Bali, Indonesia. Echelman had cooperated traditional textile methods with contemporary painting.  She’s spent several years working, living, and traveling in Asian countries. From there Echelman’s works were discovered and purchased by Robert Rauschenberg. She has created large scale sculptures as a living environment that we could be a part of. Artist uses unusual materials in the artworks to emphasize on environmental forces like wind, water, and sunlight. Echelman also created public art and collaborated with artisan such as fishermen in a series of netted sculpture. Her sculptures are a combination of cutting edge technology, public art, and urban transformation as a goal to create diversity in different cities and environment. There are some concerns about birds and wildlife regarding her large scale sculptures. However, she said that the team including herself have cautiously discussed the process and idea before asking for construction permission that her artworks will not harm the animals.

artwork examples


Janet Echelman, 1.8 LONDON, UK, Fiber, Buildings and Sky combined with Colored Lighting, Wifi, and Interactive Computer Programming. Fibers are braided with nylon and UHMWPE (Ultra high molecular weight polyethylene)Dimensions of net: 100 ft. length x 45 ft. width x 20 ft. depth
Installation Dimensions: 180 ft. length x 180 ft. width x ft. 70 height, 2016 


Janet Echelman, SKIES PAINTED WITH UNNUMBERED SPARKS, VANCOUVER, CANADA, Twisted nylon, braided polyester, Honeywell Spectra fiber, and interactive, colored lighting, Dimensions of Net: 300 ft. length x 110 ft. width x 40 ft. depth, Installation Dimensions: 745 ft. length x 475 ft. width x 175 ft. height,  2014


Echelman, Janet. “Biography.” http://www.echelman.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 Jan. 2016.

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