1.78 Beverly Hills, a sculpture in Janet Echelman’s Earthtime Series, is currently installed between the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts and Beverly Gardens Park as part of the city’s annual BOLD Summer festival. It will be on exhibit through August, 2019.
This work examines the complex interaction of the many systems of our physical world with one another. The sculpture’s materials embody this. When any one element in the sculpture’s network moves, every other element is affected.
Our surroundings affect how we feel and how we experience our lives - we are responsible for the way our cities look and function. These netted works brings softness to the scale of the city. They are soft counterpoints to the hard edges of buildings, offering proof that we can interrogate the status quo - that the assumption that cities must be formed from hard materials and straight edges can be changed.
“I feel a need to find moments of contemplation in the midst of daily city life,” Echelman said. “If my art can create an opportunity to contemplate the larger cycles of time and remind us to listen to our inner selves, I believe this could be transformative.”
The monumental floating form of 1.78 is composed of layers of fiber, braided and knotted together in vibrant hues that pulse with changing wind and weather to create a choreography of undulating color. At night, the sculpture comes to life with projected colored light. Lightweight and flexible, the sculpture is designed to travel to cities around the world as a physical manifestation of the interconnectedness.
To date, the 1.78 sculpture has been installed in Madrid, Spain (2018), Dubai, UAE (2018), and Beverly Hills, CA (2019).
MATERIALS AND SIZE
Fiber, Buildings and Sky combined with Colored Lighting. 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
Art: Janet Echelman
Studio Echelman Project Manager: Melissa Henry
Installation Production: Tom McClain
Lighting: Chris Medvitz
Sculpture Engineering: Arup: Clayton Binkley
Beverly Hills Conference & Visitors Bureau: Bob Bibeault, Lauren Santillana
Photography: Janet Echelman, Beverly Hills Conference & Visitors Bureau
Between the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts and Beverly Gardens Park, Beverly Hills, CA