We were over by the waterfront this weekend and saw the new aerial sculpture As If It Were Already Here by Janet Echelman recently installed above the Rose Kennedy Greenway. Over 100 miles of rope went into making the fiber art piece that's anchored to 3 buildings and floats in the breeze despite apparently weighing a ton. No worries about birds, according to the website:
No bird or creature has ever been harmed from an Echelman work. The studio consulted with a bio-engineering firm that explained how the physical qualities of the artwork do not meet the criteria that would endanger birds. The nets are made of thicker rope with wider net openings than those used to entrap flying birds or other creatures. The structures themselves are not unlike naturally occurring vines and thickets often found in local forests and birds are well adapted to avoid these areas.
It reflects off of the shiny Intercontinental hotel building to the east.
It can also be spied from various vantage points away from the Greenway, between buildings.
It will apparently be lit with LED lights at night. We're not generally far from our neighborhood at night, so it remains to be seen if we'll get over there to see that. I guess we have until early October, when it will be taken down.
My Flickr set of the installation is here.