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Boston Globe: Floating Greenway StructureEchelman Suspends Net Sculpture Over London’s Oxford Circus

“London is the latest city to host one of Janet Echelman’s stunning net sculptures. Suspended 180 feet above Oxford Circus, the city’s busiest intersections, the colorful floating form was inspired by 1.8 – the length of time in microseconds that the earth’s day was shortened as a result of Japan’s devastating 2011 earthquake and tsunami…” Read more

Smithsonian Art Museums's Renwick GalleryInterior Sculpture Transforms Smithsonian American Art Museums’s Renwick Gallery

“Rather than merely marvel at the drama of fitting big, complicated objects into small rooms, one wants to be led back out to the world. So works such as Echelman’s ‘1.8,’ which references a catastrophic real-world event and functions both as visual spectacle and somber requiem, makes a strong claim on our attention…” Read more

Travel and LeisureTravel + Leisure Selects Janet Echelman as 2015 Design Star

“Cities often commission large-scale public art to create events that draw visitors and give locals a fresh perspective on their environs. Few are better at delivering such experiences than Janet Echelman. Urban space is her canvas, and rope – miles and miles of it – is her brush…” Read more

Boston Globe: Floating Greenway StructureEchelman Sculpture Knits Together Downtown Boston

“Artist Janet Echelman’s light-as-air sculpture, which turned heads as it soared over the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway on Sunday morning, took a village to raise… The Greenway commission, the Brookline artist’s first in Boston, is her most complex project to date, incorporating a structural net to support the floating form…” Read more

Smithsonian AwardJanet Echelman Receives 2014 Smithsonian Ingenuity Award

“Great art smacks you right in the eye, it affects you, it moves you, it changes you,” said Michael Caruso, Smithsonian Magazine’s editor in chief. “Janet’s work does that like nothing else I’ve seen in a long time…”
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ted blogEchelman Delivers her Second TED Talk. Skies Painted with Unnumbered Sparks Goes Live

“I create sculpture that makes me feel protected, yet connected to limitless sky,” says Janet Echelman, the artist who gave the TED2011 talk “Taking imagination seriously…” Read more

Vancouver Sun ArticleEchelman’s Largest Sculpture to Date Planned for Vancouver’s Waterfront

“World renowned artist Janet Echelman will see her most ambitious project yet — a 745-foot aerial sculpture — suspended near Vancouver’s waterfront next month. The massive sculpture will stretch from the rooftops of…” Read more

oprah's wowRanked #1 on Oprah Magazine’s Wow! List

“Nothing but Net: Janet Echelman’s colossal, shape-shifting public sculptures awe and inspire. In 1997 painter Janet Echelman moved to India on a Fulbright Lectureship – but her paints, which she shipped separately, never arrived…” Read more

Ted TalkHuff Post Features Echelman’s TED Talk and Op-ed Piece

“When developing an idea, I remind myself not to start with compromise. I envision the ideal manifestation of the idea, as if I had no limits in resources, materials, or permission. I’ve learned there’s a cost to eliminating options too soon…” Read more

Architectural Digest ArticleArchitectural Digest Features Echelman as a 2012 AD Innovator

“Cities are a perfect foil for Janet Echelman, whose suspended sculptures made from intricately woven netting hover among buildings and over parks like aerial lace, redefining urban environments…” Read more

Dillworth PlazaEchelman’s Art Wins Knight Arts Challenge for Philadelphia’s Dilworth Plaza

“The 2012 Knight Foundation’s Philadelphia Arts Challenge has awarded a $400,000 grant to Center City District to construct the innovative public artwork of artist Janet Echelman to help transform historic Dilworth Plaza  (Philadelphia City Hall) into a focal point for the city’s thriving downtown…” Read more


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