visual artist JANET ECHELMAN


Tuesday, September 29, 2015, 4:00pm to 5:30pm


Rose Kennedy Greenway, Summer St. near Atlantic Ave., Boston

“As If It Were Already Here” Presented by Learning from Performers
ADMISSION: Free and limited to Harvard affiliates only. Please RSVP below at "Sign up for this event"; for more information email Program Director Thomas Lee.

Creator of numerous public art projects, Echelman will lead a site visit to her latest creation, “As If It Were Already Here,” a 600-foot sculpture reconnecting downtown Boston to the waterfront at the head of the Rose Kennedy Greenway on Summer St. near Atlantic Ave. in the vicinity of South Station. Accompanying Echelman will be Greenway public art curator Lucas Cowan and project manager Laura Jasinski.

“I don’t take on a project unless it requires me to push the boundaries of my art,” says Janet Echelman ‘87 in the November 2014 edition of Smithsonian Magazine.

Janet Echelman ‘87Janet Echelman
 is an artist who defies categorization. She creates experiential sculpture at the scale of buildings that transform with wind and light. The art shifts from being an object you look at, to a living environment you can get lost in. Using unlikely materials from fishnet to atomized water particles, Echelman combines ancient craft with cutting-edge technology to create artworks that have become focal points for urban life on four continents.

Echelman is the recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship, the Harvard University Loeb Fellowship, a Fulbright Lectureship, and the Aspen Institute Crown Fellowship. Her TED talk “Taking Imagination Seriously” has been translated into 34 languages with more than one million views. Ranked number one on Oprah Magazine’s “List of 50 Things that Make You Say Wow!,” she was named an Architectural Digest Innovator for “changing the very essence of urban spaces.” She recently received the Smithsonian American Ingenuity Award in Visual Arts, honoring “the greatest innovators in America today.”

Echelman’s selected prominent works include “As If It Were Already Here,” a 600-ft sculpture reconnecting downtown Boston to its waterfront over The Greenway; “Impatient Optimist,” a new ionic piece for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation campus in Seattle giving visual from to their mission; “Skies Painted with Unnumbered Sparks,” a 745-ft sculpture celebrating the TED conference 30th anniversary in Vancouver, Canada; “Water Sky Garden,” a commission for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics; “Every Beating Second” in San Francisco Airport Terminal Two; “Her Secret is Patience” for downtown Phoenix, Arizona; and “She Changes” on the waterfront of Porto, Portugal.

Related Event:

Monday, September 28, 6 pm, Piper Auditorium, Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD), 48 Quincy St.: Janet Echelman will discuss her work at a public forum also featuring Rick Rundell GSD ‘86, Senior Director, Autodesk, Inc.; Patrick McCafferty, Associate Principal, Arup, and Lecturer, GSD; Maryann Thompson GSD ‘89, Professor in Practice of Architecture, GSD; and Mary Schneider Enriquez, Houghton Associate Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Harvard Art Museums. Admission free for students, $5 for Harvard alumni/ae and the public. Visit the Harvard Alumni Association website for more information and to register. Presented by Harvard Alumni Association and Harvard Graduate School of Design.