Janet Echelman sculpts at the scale of buildings and city blocks. Her work defies categorization, intersecting Sculpture, Architecture, Urban Design, Material Science, Structural & Aeronautical Engineering, and Computer Science. Echelman’s art transforms with wind and light, and shifts from being an object you look at, into an experience you can get lost in. This year, the Green Box Arts Festival welcomes 1.8 Green Mountain Falls, which refers to the length of time measured in microseconds that the earth’s day was shortened as a result of a physical event, the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, which hit Japan with devastating effects. The forms in the sculpture were inspired by data sets of the tsunami’s wave heights across the Pacific Ocean. The artwork reminds us of our complex interdependencies with larger cycles of time and matter. Its physical presence is a manifestation of interconnectedness - when any one element in the sculpture moves, every other element is affected. “As individuals, we may feel fragile, like a length of thread, but when knotted together we have the capacity for incredible strength and resiliency.” – Janet Echelman Using unlikely materials from aramid fiber to atomized water particles, Echelman combines an ancient craft with computational design software to create artworks that have become focal points for urban life on five continents, from Singapore, Sydney, Shanghai, and Santiago, to Beijing, Boston, New York, and London. Permanent works in Porto (Portugal), Vancouver, San Francisco, West Hollywood, Phoenix, Eugene, Greensboro, Philadelphia, and Seattle transform daily with colored light. Echelman’s TED Talk, “Taking Imagination Seriously,” has been translated into 35 languages and viewed by millions. Recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship, Smithsonian American Ingenuity Award, Harvard Loeb Fellowship, and Fulbright Lectureship, Echelman was named an Architectural Digest Innovator for “changing the very essence of urban spaces.” Oprah ranked Echelman’s work.

Green Mountain Falls

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