The Most Beautiful Thing in the World Today: Flying Nets

by Natasha Wolff | February 19, 2014 1:43 pm

Janet Echelman[1] 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”[2]—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[3] next month. See more below and here[4].

Amsterdam, Netherlands, 2013


Denver, Colorado, 2010


Denver, Colorado, 2010


Phoenix, Arizona, 2009


Santa Monica, California, 2013


Seattle, Washington, 2013



A Home in Melbourne[5]
A Cave in Central Vietnam[6]
A Stunning Kohler Bathroom Sink[7]

  1. Janet Echelman:
  2. “Taking Imagination Seriously”:
  3. TED’s 30th anniversary conference:
  4. here:
  5. A Home in Melbourne:
  6. A Cave in Central Vietnam:
  7. A Stunning Kohler Bathroom Sink:

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