TED Conversations

Janet Echelman

Sculptor, Studio Director, Studio Echelman


This conversation is closed.

Creative vision -- how do you develop and hold onto it, especially when obstacles appear in your path?

Artist Janet Echelman overcame rejection and doubts to develop her methods of building voluptuous sculptures the size of buildings out of simple materials like fishnet. In this live conversation, ask questions and share your own experiences with Janet about the path to creative endeavor.

This Live conversation will open on Feb. 13th, 2012, 2 pm EST.

If you couldn't make to this Live Conversation, the discussion with Janet Echelman continues on her TEDTalk page: http://www.ted.com/talks/janet_echelman.html


Showing single comment thread. View the full conversation.

  • Feb 13 2012: Where can your art be seen?
    • thumb
      Feb 13 2012: Hi Andrew,
      You can see my art at the San Francisco International Airport's new terminal 2, in the Phoenix Civic Space park in Arizona, at the Richmond Olympic Oval in Canada (from the Vancouver Winter Olympics), and on the waterfront in Porto, Portugal, at the border with Matosinhos. We have googlemaps for each of these sites on our website, www.echelman.com, if you're nearby and want directions.
      • Feb 13 2012: Wow I am impressed. Great work. Love the use of lights and color. So vibrant,
    • thumb
      Feb 13 2012: Also, we just had a ground-breaking in Philadelphia, for the big plaza in front of their historic City Hall, Dilworth Plaza. That is the work that traces the pathways of subway trains above ground using curtains of mist and colored light.

      And we're in fabrication of a new project for the University of Oregon Matthew Knight Arena, which will be my first sculpture that responds to the cheering of fans, which trigger physical fan air movement that excites the netted sculptural forms.
      • Feb 13 2012: I will have to go to Philly then. It's only a couple hours away. I will be sure to check it out.
    • thumb
      Feb 13 2012: Of course, the easiest place to view video or photos of the work is at https://www.ted.com/talks/lang/en/janet_echelman.html
      or at www.echelman.com.
    • thumb
      Feb 13 2012: One of the difficult things about physical art experiences is that in order to FULLY experience the artwork, you need to get your body to the actual location of the artwork. For me as an artist, the physical sensation of moving through a sculpture is really central to the art. There is something that happens kinesthetically when you sense something all around you and continue to sense its movement and your own movement in relation to it.

Showing single comment thread. View the full conversation.