The Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy in Boston sought artist proposals from around the world for a piece of contemporary public art around a theme of Connections, symbolic of The Greenway reconnecting the city’s downtown to its waterfront. From 97 proposals, The Greenway selected Janet Echelman, whose impressive city-scale fiber net sculptures seem to float overhead while becoming illuminated beacons at night. The Greenway, Echelman, and the project team worked to design, create, permit, and install a piece unique to Boston. The color, form, and sculpture draws on the history of its location with what has now become one of the most innovative public spaces in the United States – the mile-and-a-half long Greenway.
Installation began in the early morning hours of May 3, 2015 and was mostly completed ten hours later; it required four street closures, dozens of laborers, and six cranes. The sculpture is formed from over 100 miles of rope tied into more than 500,000 knots and is almost an half an acre in size while floating 50 to 365 feet over the park below. It is attached in four places to three buildings: 125 High Street, One International Place, and the InterContinental Hotel & Residences, Boston. It is on display through early October 2015.
The project was funded through private fundraising, grants, and in-kind support; the sculpture is presented by the Richard and Susan Smith Family Foundation with a full list of supporters in the video.
This film was shot entirely by me (Julian Tryba) during the May 3rd installation. I used three cameras (Canon 6D, 7D, 50D) coupled with various 'L' lenses including the 24-105, 16-25, 24, and 135mm. I shot about 6000 photos, or 125GB of data, during the installation which I used to make this video. The motion control was achieved with the Kessler Crane second shooter (kesslercrane.com)
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