Her Secret Is Patience, 2009 - Phoenix, AZVideo | Materials and Size | Credits | Awards| Map
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This project makes visible to the human eye the patterns of desert winds. During the day, sunlight projects patterned shadow drawings onto the ground and pedestrians on their daily paths. At night, the colored illumination gradually changes color through the seasons. The large three-dimensional multi-layered form is created by a combination of hand and machine knotting of recyclable high-tenacity colored polyester that is replaced in new color variations at intervals.
Painted galvanized steel and cables; changing sets
of recyclable high-tenacity polyester braided twine netting; colored
lighting with computerized programming.
Poles: 105 feet, 125 ft. and 145 ft.
Rings: Outer: 100 ft. wide; Inner: 30 ft. wide
Cable: 1 ¾ -inch cable; 1-inch cable
Net Dimensions: 100 ft. wide at the top – 15 ft. wide at the bottom
The lowest part of the net hangs 38 ft. above the ground. The highest rises to about 100 ft.
Wind Load: designed to withstand summer monsoon winds.
Client: City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture
Art: Janet Echelman
Studio Echelman Team: Philip Speranza (Design Support), Melanie Rose Peterson (Conceptual Design/Development, Rachel Kaede Newsam (Design Support)
Fabrication & Project Engineering: CAID Industries (Tuscon, AZ)
Net Engineering: Buro Happold (New York)
Aeronautical Engineering: Peter Heppel Associates (Paris)
Consultant: Speranza Architecture (New York)
Steel Structure Engineering: M3 Engineering (Tuscon, AZ)
Lighting: VOX Arts (Baltimore, MD)
Structural Erection: Nexus Steel
Sculptural Foundations: Foresite Design (Berkley, MI)
Photos: Christina O'Haver, David Feldman, Will Novak, Peter Vanderwarker, Tom Byrne, Katie Porter
Phoenix, AZ, USA