Sculptural Lace Tsunami

Tsunami 1.26 by Janet Echelman

You're looking at aerial lace installation by Janet Echelman titled Tsunami 1.26. It was inspired by the 2010 Chile Earthquake and ensuing tsunami (the earthquake was so powerful that it shortened the length of the day by 1.26 microsecond, hence the name).

Janet wrote:

My studio generated a 3D model of the tsunami using data from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the NOAA Center for Tsunami Research. I then used software to transform an outline of the model’s higher amplitude area into a sculptural form. My studio created hand-knotted models to achieve the complex shaping of the piece.

This artwork utilizes Spectra®, a material 15 times stronger than steel by weight. The mesh is knotted by machine in order to withstand winds, but is engineered to reflect the intricacy of handmade lace.

Link - via Curiosity Counts


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