Earthtime Korea

Video ? Alleyway Gwanggyo, courtesy Studio Echelman

Janet Echelman’s Earthtime Korea is her first permanent commission in Asia, and is the first permanent installation of her traveling Earthtime series, which has been exhibited in London, Dubai, Sydney, Santiago, Madrid, Montreal, Amsterdam, and other cities around the world.

The aerial sculpture suspends 172 feet over the courtyard of a new, privately developed public space outside of Seoul, South Korea. The work interlaces directly into the architecture on four sides and was engineered by SOM. It offers a model for the private development of public space with public art.

This is Echelman’s eighth collaboration with SOM, which includes Dream Catcher on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood, California, and sculptures installed throughout the US and Asia. For Earthtime Korea, she worked closely with SOM, lighting designers, and a team of artisans who hand-spliced the ropes and loomed the braided twine meshes using centuries-old craft techniques. The sculpture uses a technical fiber 15 times stronger than steel, which is the same material used to tether the Mars Rover in space