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Janet Echelman sculpts at the scale of buildings. Her work defies categorization, transforming with wind and light, and shifts from being “an object you look at, into an experience you can get lost in.”
Her TED talk "Taking Imagination Seriously" has been translated into 35 languages with more than two million views. Oprah ranked Echelman’s work #1 on her List of 50 Things That Make You Say Wow!, and she received the Smithsonian American Ingenuity Award in Visual Arts, honoring “the greatest innovators in America today.” Recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship, Harvard Loeb Fellowship, and Fulbright Sr. Lectureship, Echelman was named an Architectural Digest Innovator for "changing the very essence of urban spaces."
Using unlikely materials from knotted netting to atomized water particles and projected light, Echelman combines 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 commissions can be visited in Porto (Portugal), Gwanggyo (South Korea), Vancouver, San Francisco, West Hollywood, Phoenix, Eugene, Greensboro, Philadelphia, Seattle, and St. Petersburg (FL). Janet is a 2006 Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.