Recently, the City has entered into an agreement with world-renowned artist, Janet Echelman, for a net sculpture within the Pier District. Echelman, who grew up in the Tampa Bay area, has created art throughout the world in a variety of locations, including London, Montreal, Boston, San Diego and Amsterdam. Her work defies categorization. She creates experiential sculptures that transform wind and light.
Among Echelman’s inspirations for the design for the Pier are archival tourism postcards featuring beach goers and beach umbrellas, as well as natural forms such as barnacles.
Janet Echelman is a recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship, the Harvard University Loeb Fellowship, and the Aspen Institute Crown Fellowship. Her TED talk, “Taking Imagination Seriously” has been translated into 35 languages with more than 2 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.”