Monday, May 11, 2009

Her Secret is Patience


There is a new park in downtown Phoenix called The Civic Space Park. It was developed in partnership with the city of Phoenix and Arizona State University. This space has amazing features but, it is completely dominated by a brilliant art work called “Her Secret is Patience”. This piece is the creation of Janet Echelman, an international artist known for sculpting exciting public spaces.

Last Friday after dinner with friends we stopped at the new park and found it full of people enjoying the warm evening, the band playing and the incredible art features around the park including this huge masterpiece floating above the park area.

I apologize that the photo is a little bit fuzzy but all I had with me at the time was the small point-and-shoot camera. I will make a point of getting down there with a tripod someday soon.

If you would like to see more of Janet Echelman’s work including a piece similar to this one in Porto Portugal and one being built in Vancouver for the 2010 Winter Olympics, visit her site.

I’ll show you some of the other features of the park in the next few days.

11 comments:

Buenos Aires Photoblog said...

I like that object very much. Looks like an intergalactic vortex to me, a "door" to the sky. I'm looking forward to see more of it.

B Squared said...

Must be wonderful to see it in person.

JM said...

Janet Echelman’s work is so amazing! I had no idea there was one of hers here in Portugal... Thank you, Sharon! :-)

Hilda said...

Cool. I like it!

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

I have driven by this in the day time and it is quite striking. I will have to get out of my car some time to explore it on foot and really admire it.

Julie ScottsdaleDailyPhoto.com said...

very interesting. I can't wait to se this new art in person. I went to her website and I can see that her art changes in look with the changing lights of the day and night.

Randy said...

Wow this is nice. Is this the park on Washington and Central that has been upgraded?

Zannnie said...

This photo is amazing!

Thanks for visiting and comment...hope you pop by again for today's shot, see you there...

zannnie & zsolt
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Bob Crowe said...

So how is this made? From the thumbnail, it looked like a martini glass or a desert dustdevil turned blue.

Jarart said...

I think I need to see this in person! So amazing, looks kind of like a tornado.

Sharon said...

Randy, this park is located between Central and 1st Avenues just north of Van Buren.

Bob, it's made with two tubular steel rings suspended above the area on a framework of cables attached to 3 support poles. The support structure has been in place since late last year and the netting was added last month when the park was dedicated. The structure won the 2008 Excellence in Structural Engineering Award from the Arizona Structural Engineering Association.

The artist said she was inspired by Arizona's distinctive monsoon cloud formations and by the Saguaro cactus blossoms, the Arizona state flower.