Aerial rope sculptor Janet Echelman just unveiled a stunning new piece that sways gently in the skies above Boston. Strung 365 feet high, the floating artwork is made from over 100 miles of rope knitted with half a million knots. Created in conjunction with global design firm Arup, the aerial sculpture adds a surreal touch to the city's night sky.
Formerly a painter, Echelman began experimenting with nets sculptures in 1997 during a trip to India. She learned the art of net weaving from local fisherman of the Mahaballipuram region and then turned the humble craft into marvelous works of art. Now she knits the fabric of the city with her dreamy pieces all over the world. This latest piece hovers over her home city, Boston.
‘As If It Were Already Here’ is located within the Rose Kennedy Greenway public park and anchored to three high-rise buildings. It weighs approximately one ton and is hand-made from colorful polyethylene fiber tied up with over half a million knots. During the day it creates shadows on the ground, but at night the illuminated sculpture turns heads with its movement and glow.