Art “Bending arc”, Janet Echelman’s floating installation

“Bending arc”, Janet Echelman’s floating installation

Emanuele D'Angelo

Janet Echelman’s latest enchanting installation called “Bending arc” is located on the waterfront in St. Petersburg, Florida.
The work, which extends for 130 meters and about 30 meters high, seems to gently wrap the beach in an embrace full of colors.

The installation floats gently over the park, allowing the wind to generate a continuously moving choreography. The colours of “Bending arc” are constantly changing, during the day the sculpture casts shadows on the people below, but at night it turns into a luminous beacon of magenta and purple light.

Janet Echelman’s installation actually has a very deep meaning, the waterfront in St. Petersburg is a very important historical place. Local citizens began to peacefully challenge racial barriers in 1957, leading to the US Supreme Court ruling which upheld the right of all citizens to enjoy the use of the municipal beach and swimming pool without discrimination.

The title of the work “Bending arc” by the American artist metaphorically takes up the famous quote: “the arc of the moral universe is long, but bends towards justice“.

Written by Emanuele D'Angelo
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