Photography: Courtesy of Peter Vanderwarker
Artwork: Janet Echelman, 1.26 Sculpture Project at the Biennial of the Americas, July 6–August 6, 2010, Spectra Fiber, high-tenacity polyester fiber, and lighting, 230′ x 63′ x 30′, Denver Art Museum, Denver, Colorado
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Each month we illustrate our Spotlight package with a series of works from an accomplished artist. The lively and cerebral creations of these photographers, painters, and installation artists are meant to infuse our pages with additional energy and intelligence to amplify what are often complex and abstract concepts.
This month we showcase the work of Janet Echelman, an American artist who specializes in large-scale public installations. Using fishing nets as her medium, she creates experiential sculpture that shifts with the winds and weather. Her 2011 TED talk “Taking Imagination Seriously” has attracted nearly 1 million views. See the artist’s work at echelman.com.A version of this article appeared in the issue of Harvard Business Review.