1.26 Durham, Janet Echelman / Studio Echelman, Lumiere Durham 2015. Produced by Artichoke. Photo by Matthew Andrews.
Installation, Interactive

1.26 DurhamJanet Echelman / Studio Echelman


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Strong but soft, huge but delicate, this interactive sculpture asked us to consider the interconnectedness of our world.

Made from lightweight fibres, 1.26 Durham is named after one of the astonishing impacts of the 2010 Chile earthquake and tsunami.

Such was the strength of the vibrations, it momentarily sped up the earths rotation and shortened the day by 1.26 microseconds. Using data from NASA, Studio Echelman turned this phenomenon into a 3D image, the basis of which was used to create the shape of the sculpture.

Beneath the night sky, visitors were able to manipulate the coloured light projected onto the sculpture, using a specially designed App developed by Stockton-on-Tees-based Art AV and supported by Atom Bank. 

Echelman’s sculptures are inspired by fishing nets that she first encountered during a trip to India. She has since gone on to exhibit her unique sculptures across the world, from Madrid to Boston, Singapore to Amsterdam.



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