Denver, CO (2010) – The Denver Office of Cultural Affairs (DOCA) commissioned artist Janet Echelman to create 1.26, a large, netted aerial sculpture to float above downtown Denver for the month of July 2010. The sculpture, which loosely resembled an oceanic invertebrate, was actually inspired by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) graphic representation of February’s Chilean earthquake and the resulting tsunami.
The sculpture, an intricately designed net that followed the precise outline of the tsunami’s higher-amplitude areas in graphic form, translated two of the epiphenomena of the earthquake: the 1.26-microsecond shortening of the day that resulted from the redistribution of the earth’s mass and the change in the ocean’s surface. Echelman consulted scientists from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the NOAA Center for Tsunami Research. She then used her proprietary net-building software to create the high-flying sculpture.
The piece was meant to evoke the interconnectedness and interdependence of communities around the world and the broad effects of major environmental phenomena.