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Janet Echelman Suspends Time-Inspired Net Sculpture Over Madrid's Plaza Mayor

Janet Echelman Suspends Time-Inspired Net Sculpture Over Madrid's Plaza Mayor
© Janet Echelman, Inc., 2018, photo: João Ferrand
© Janet Echelman, Inc., 2018, photo: João Ferrand

American artist Janet Echelman's latest sculpture is currently on display at Madrid's Plaza Mayor. Titled "1.78 Madrid," the piece is the latest of Echelman's suspended thread sculptures, and the newest piece in her Earth Time Series begun in 2010. On display until February 19th, the piece was unveiled on Friday to mark Madrid's 400th anniversary.

© Janet Echelman, Inc., 2018, photo: João Ferrand © Janet Echelman, Inc., 2018, photo: João Ferrand © Janet Echelman, Inc., 2018, photo: João Ferrand © Janet Echelman, Inc., 2018, photo: João Ferrand + 15

© Janet Echelman, Inc., 2018, photo: João Ferrand
© Janet Echelman, Inc., 2018, photo: João Ferrand

Hanging above the plaza's statue of King Philip III of Spain, the piece explores the idea of time, and our interconnectedness with the physical systems which influence our relationship with time itself. The number 1.78 in the artwork's title refers to 1.78 microseconds, the amount of time that a day on Earth was shortened as a result of the 2011 Earthquake in Japan.

© Janet Echelman, Inc., 2018, photo: João Ferrand
© Janet Echelman, Inc., 2018, photo: João Ferrand

“In the last four hundred years, people have gathered at Plaza Mayor to witness bull-fights and Spanish Inquisition burnings,” said Echelman. “Today we gather together with art that explores our concept of time, to discuss ideas. This is a hopeful trajectory for humanity.”

© Janet Echelman, Inc., 2018, photo: João Ferrand
© Janet Echelman, Inc., 2018, photo: João Ferrand

The sculpture is formed from very strong, highly engineered fibers in vibrant colors which are braided, knotted, and spliced together to form a lightweight net that reacts to the movement of the wind. At night, colored lights are projected onto the piece to add to its vibrancy.

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Cite: Rory Stott. "Janet Echelman Suspends Time-Inspired Net Sculpture Over Madrid's Plaza Mayor" 13 Feb 2018. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/889010/janet-echelman-suspends-time-inspired-net-sculpture-over-madrids-plaza-mayor/> ISSN 0719-8884
© Janet Echelman, Inc., 2018, photo: João Ferrand

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