London is the latest city to host one of Janet Echelman‘s stunning net sculptures. Suspended 180 feet above Oxford Circus, the city’s busiest intersections, the colorful floating form was inspired by 1.8 – “the length of time in microseconds that the earth’s day was shortened” as a result of Japan’s devastating 2011 earthquake and tsunami.
“The sculpture’s form was inspired by data sets of the tsunami’s wave heights rippling across the entire Pacific Ocean,” says the studio. “The artwork delves into content related to our complex interdependencies with larger cycles of time and our physical world. The sculpture’s net structure is a physical manifestation of interconnectedness – when any one element moves, every other element is affected.”
“Lightweight and flexible, the sculpture is designed to travel to other cites around the world after its 2016 London premiere. It is constructed from technical fibers that are 15 times stronger than steel by weight, and custom color blends that Echelman combines with programmed colored light to create the final artwork.
“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.”
Onlookers are invited to interact with 1.8 by using their smartphones to alter the colors and patterns being projected onto the installation. “These patterns are projected onto the monumental surface of the sculpture, and proceed to interact with one another, creating ripple effects for all to see,” adds Echelman.