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The Most Beautiful Thing in the World Today: Flying Nets

Artist Janet Echelman’s living, breathing suspended works of art keep you looking up

Janet Echelman is literally taking sculpture art to new heights with her massive illuminated nets floating overhead in cities across the world. For years, the artist behind “Taking Imagination Seriously”—a TED talk that’s been viewed over one million times and translated into 34 languages—has been suspending these net sculptures in public spaces ever since her time in India as a Fulbright Scholar in the late 1990s, when she was first inspired by the local fishermen’s nets. Now, Echelman’s embarking on her largest piece yet—a 700-foot-long sculpture that will hang over Vancouver in time for TED’s 30th anniversary conference next month. See more below and here.

Amsterdam, Netherlands, 2013


Denver, Colorado, 2010


Denver, Colorado, 2010


Phoenix, Arizona, 2009


Santa Monica, California, 2013


Seattle, Washington, 2013



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