1.26 Sculpture Project at the Amsterdam Light Festival 2012. Photos: Courtesy Studio Echelman.
Next spring, a billowy aerial sculpture will be suspended hundreds of feet over the central section of the Rose Kennedy Greenway, shifting gently with the Boston's ever-changing weather. [embedgallery id=427308]
Janet Echelman, a world renowned artist based in Brookline, will create the installation, which will be displayed until the fall of 2015 as part of the Greenway Conservancy’s Public Art Program.
“Here in Boston, I’m excited to visually knit together the fabric of the city with art,” said Echelman. “The creation of the Greenway was a seminal event in the unfolding of our city, so I’m delighted and humbled to be a part of its transformation into a vibrant cultural destination.”
According to the conservancy, which announced the project Tuesday, the ultra-lightweight, knotted-fiber sculpture will "move gently with the wind in ever-changing patterns. In daylight, it casts shadow-drawings on the ground, and at night it becomes a beacon with dynamic colored light."
The work aims to bring vibrancy to the Greenway and elevate public art in Boston, according to Susan Smith, co-chair of the Richard and Susan Smith Family Foundation which offered grants for the installation.
“We are thrilled to help bring this visually compelling gift of art to Boston to surprise, engage, and inspire all who see it,” said Smith.