1.8 Beijing

PROJECT OVERVIEW

Title: 1.8 Beijing sculpture above a public concert
Photo Credit: Solana Light Festival
Lead Artist(s):

Description:
Janet Echelman’s 1.8 net sculpture surged through the air in a busy section of Beijing during the 2017 Solana Light Festival. Its title, 1.8 (One Point Eight) refers to the length of time in microseconds that the earth’s day was shortened as a result of a single physical event (in this case, data sets derived from the 2011 earthquake and tsunami that emanated from Japan). It is constructed from fibers 15 times stronger than steel by weight, and custom color blends that Echelman combines with light to create the dynamic final sculpture. The monumental floating form 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 has travelled to London, Mexico City, and now Beijing, where it was installed for its third exhibition. The artwork invites you to pause amid the bustle and commotion, offering a chance to gaze skyward and contemplate a physical manifestation of the interconnectedness surrounding us.
PROJECT LOCATION

Plaza
Public Space
Streetscape
Public outdoor space and retail complex
Beijing, China
Chaoyang Park Rd.
Beijing, 13 100096
China

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PROJECT TEAM

Solana Light Festival/ Interni (agency for Solana)
Interni
PROJECT DETAILS

Temporary
$400,000
$250,000-$499,999
Private
Festival, Fiber Art, Installation, Sculpture
LED, Light, Projections, Textile/Fiber Art
Fiber, Buildings and Sky combined with Colored Lighting. Fibers are braided with nylon and UHMWPE (Ultra high molecular weight polyethylene)
2017
2018