TED Conference aerial sculpture unveiled, colours change by waving mobile devices (PHOTOS)

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Skies Painted With Unnumbered Sparks TED Janet Echelman Vancouver

Janet Echelman’s 745-foot long aerial sculpture was officially unveiled earlier this evening in advance of the opening of the international TED Conference on Monday.

The sculpture, “Skies Painted with Unnumbered Sparks,” is suspended between the 24-storey Fairmont Waterfront Hotel tower and the West Building of the Vancouver Convention Centre – the venue for TED. It is the Massachusetts artists’ most challenging and ambitious work yet given that it is more than twice the size of her largest previous sculpture.

No public funds were spent on the project, the project was funded by Echelman herself and a crowd funding campaign that raised nearly $28,000 ($3,000 more than her goal). The art piece will remain in place until March 22 before it is removed and showcased at other cities.

The sculpture’s high-tech interactive design was also a collaboration with artist Aaron Koblin, the Creative Director at Google’s Creative Lab.

In the daytime, the sculpture’s delicate yet monumental form is subtle, blending in with clouds and sky. At night, it comes alive with illumination using a series of powerful projectors. Visitors will be able to choreograph the lighting in real time by physically waving their mobile devices.

Made entirely of soft fibers, the sculpture can attach directly into existing city architecture. To support the artwork across such a large span, Echelman utilized Honeywell Spectra fiber, a lightweight, durable material 15 times stronger than steel by weight.

Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson joined Echelman, Koblin, and TED Curator Chris Anderson in unveiling the sculpture this evening.

1,200 tickets for the week-long TED, which cost US$7,500 per head, are now sold out but the general public is welcome to watch the famous 15-talks via live stream at one of 24 free public viewing locations across the province including libraries, universities, and even the giant jumbotron located at BC Place Stadium’s Terry Fox Plaza.

Some of the world’s brightest and most inspirational icons will be attending and speaking at the conference – a long list that includes Bill and Melinda Gates, Chris Hadfield, Sting, Zak Ebrahim, Rob Knight, Randall Monroe, Yoruba Richen, Wendy Chung and Chris Kluwe.

Skies Painted With Unnumbered Sparks TED Janet Echelman Vancouver
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Skies Painted with Unnumbered Sparks by Janet Echelman TED Vancouver Convention Centre
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Skies Painted with Unnumbered Sparks by Janet Echelman TED Vancouver Convention Centre
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Skies Painted with Unnumbered Sparks by Janet Echelman TED Vancouver Convention Centre
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Skies Painted with Unnumbered Sparks by Janet Echelman TED Vancouver Convention Centre
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Skies Painted with Unnumbered Sparks by Janet Echelman TED Vancouver Convention Centre
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Skies Painted with Unnumbered Sparks by Janet Echelman TED Vancouver Convention Centre
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Skies Painted with Unnumbered Sparks by Janet Echelman TED Vancouver Convention Centre
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TED Theatre Vancouver Convention Centre
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TED Theatre Vancouver Convention Centre
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TED Theatre Vancouver Convention Centre
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