TED Vancouver: Skies Painted with Unnumbered Sparks

Skies Painted with Unnumbered Sparks

Skies Painted with Unnumbered Sparks

After months of anticipation, TED Vancouver has finally arrived. One aspect of the conference that is available to the general public is a massive 745 feet aerial sculpture by American artist, Janet Echelman. She collaborated with Aaron Koblin, Creative Director at Google’s Creative Lab, to create an interactive component where physical gestures will allow visitors to “choreograph the lighting in real time via their mobile devices.”

The sculpture, weighing in at 1587.57 kg (3500 pounds), is made from Spectra Fibre, which is a material “pound-for-pound 15 times stronger than steel.” Suspended between the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel and the Vancouver Convention Centre, it will be difficult to miss. This is the grandest sculpture that Janet has ever installed as its scale is more than twice the size of her largest previous work. It is especially impressive at night when the sculpture is illuminated by a series of projectors.

This piece of public art will be available in Vancouver until March 22nd. Following TED Vancouver, it will travel to other cities. Check out a few images I captured last Friday night.

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