Target Swooping Austria, 2017
"Target Swooping Austria" is an exhibition of one of the first of Janet Echelman’s architectural netted sculptures that was installed for the Klanglicht Light Festival in Graz in April 2017. It is entirely knotted by hand, with over 1.6 million knots to create its soft lacelike effect. Monumental in scale yet lightweight and delicate, it fluidly responds to ever-changing wind and light.
It is a physical manifestation of interconnectedness - when any one point within its structure moves, every other point is affected. In daylight Target Swooping Austria casts shadow-drawings onto the ground below and at night it transforms an illuminated beacon. Its story is documented in Echelman’s 2011 Ted Talk “Taking Imagination Seriously,” which has been translated into 34 languages with more than one million views.
The exhibition in Graz marks a special re-emergence for Target, which first premiered in 2001 in Madrid before traveling to New York City, Rotterdam, and Miami. It was Echelman’s first exhibition in Austria: “I’m excited to bring this special piece to Graz – to float in the ever-changing vibrancy of this exquisite historical city.”
Materials and Size
Hand-knotted nylon lace net, Buildings, and Sky combined with Colored Lighting
Dimensions of net: Variable, approx. 140 ft. x 130 ft. x 85 ft.
Art: Janet Echelman
Studio Echelman Team: Melissa Henry, Daniel Zeese, Cameron Chateauneuf, Yoonjee Koh, Lyza Baum
Festival Production: Klanglicht Light Festival
Photography: Marija Kanizaj, Lupi Spuma, Alexander Koch
Freiheitsplatz, Graz, Austria