Arty Girl: Engineering Meets Art This Friday

Keep New Times Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Phoenix and help keep the future of New Times free.

Okay, folks. I'm going to blog about the Echelman piece. I know, I know...again????

I realize I've covered the ever living being out of this sculpture, but, I also feel I'm justified to give it just a liiiittle more attention.

This Friday, June 5th, put your thinking caps on for the "Civic Space Sculpture Engineering Forum" at the Burton Barr Central Library. There, starting at 6 p.m. will be an in-depth discussion about the design of the unique steel and net structure.

To give the specs once again, the Echelman piece is a kinetic sculpture titled "Her Secret is Patience". It's made from a framework of steel rings, cables and poles. The netting hangs and twists from the rings to create a cyclone-like bulb that dangles 38 feet above the ground and reaches 100 feet in total height. Not to mention, the monumental work is 100 feet wide at the top.

The structure is supported by massive steel poles off to the side, rigged with heavy cables that allow it to float and move with the elements.

It all sounds pretty damn tricky to me.

That's probably why the forum will feature three speakers. Presentations by Kyle Peyton who led the CAID Industries team that engineered the sculpture, Allan Ortega of M-3 Engineering which designed the steel and cable supports and Ian Keough of Buro Happold which developed the netting's complex architecture will enlighten us to this complicated and exciting design process.

I expect a lot of the presentation will be Greek to me but I'm pumped for it anyway. I can't resist a good talk about the Echelman piece...or a blog, for that matter.

The "Civic Space Sculpture Engineering Forum" takes place June 5th at 6 p.m. at the Burton Barr Central Library, 1221 N. Central Ave in Phoenix. Event is open to the public but RSVP's are requestions. Call 602-495-0185 or send an e-mail to raphael.ngotie@phoenix.gov.

Keep Phoenix New Times Free... Since we started Phoenix New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Phoenix, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Phoenix with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Phoenix.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Phoenix.