The Northern Lights Captured in Sculpture

Looking like she snatched the aurora borealis and brought it to major cities for all to enjoy, the flowing art of Janet Echelman was the subject of her recent TED Talk (which can be found at the bottom of the post). Built out of high strength fishnet, her pieces are made to last and to withstand all that nature has to fling at it.

“My sculpture thrives in the context of the city, interacting with people in the course of their daily lives. These monumental netted sculptural environments move through time, animated by an ever-changing “wind choreography,” making invisible air currents suddenly visible to the human eye. I make living, breathing pieces that respond to the forces of nature — wind, light, water.”

See more of Echelman’s behemoth sculptures at

Janet Echelman TED Talk

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