Echelman’s immersive artwork examines the complex interconnections between human beings and our physical world. The volumetric form overhead is inspired by the data recorded as the 2011 tsunami rippled across the Pacific Ocean toward Japan; the patterns in the carpet reflect topographic information about the sea floor below. The title of the work reveals the artist’s fascination with the measurement of time; the power of this geologic event affected time by speeding up the Earth’s rotation and the length of the day by 1.8 millionths of a second. Echelman’s knotted meditation contrasts the forces we can understand and control with those we cannot, and the concerns of our daily existence with larger cycles of time.
- 96 x 45 x 40 ft.
© 2015, Janet Echelman
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Smithsonian American Art Museum
Museum purchase made possible by the American Art Forum
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- knotted and braided fiber with programmable lighting and wind movement above printed textile flooring
- Modern art movement – installation interior
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