Installation Interactive

1.8 London

Janet Echelman / Studio Echelman (USA)


Web app and lighting design by Art AV

Strung between buildings at Oxford Circus, this enormous net sculpture was named after one of the astonishing impacts of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami in 2011.

Such was the strength of the vibrations, the earthquake momentarily sped up the earth’s rotation and shortened that day by 1.8 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 this piece. Audiences were invited to play with 1.8 London using a specially created app, powered by Atom Bank that manipulated the light and projected patterns onto it.

Janet Echelman’s sculptures are inspired by fishing nets 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.

During Lumiere London, visitors were invited to take the perfect picture at the Land Rover Private View of this festival installation.

Janet Echelman also created 1.26 Durham for Lumiere Durham 2015.


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