Keynote artist Janet Echelman will be in
Santa Monica this morning to explore the beach near Bay Street in
preparation for installing one of her signature monumental sculptures
that will be featured at Glow 2013.
Digest’s 2012 Innovator for “changing the very essence of urban
spaces,” Echelman has gained international recognition for building
living, breathing sculptural environments that respond to the forces of
nature—wind, water and light, and become inviting
focal points for civic life and on September 28, 2013, she will
transform a portion of Santa Monica Beach.
While on a Fulbright lectureship in India, Echelman began wondering if nets could be a new approach to sculpture: a
way to create volumetric form without heavy, solid materials and is
inspired to explore the potential of unlikely materials,
from fishing net to atomized water particles, combining ancient craft
with cutting-edge technology to create sculpture at the scale of
The overarching intent of the evening is to break
through the public’s preconceived notion of what art can be, encouraging
both thoughtful contemplation and energetic participation.
museums and galleries sleep, Glow comes alive to
engage artists in the production of new artworks, specially
commissioned for this unusual set of time and space coordinates: the
beach at night.
Glow offers a rare and remarkable opportunity for the
public to connect with contemporary art in new ways and to
rediscover familiar spaces through the eyes of artists.
This year Glow will offer an extraordinary array of
thought-provoking site-specific installations and performance works by
dozens of artists from Los Angeles and around the world.
The art will be
displayed in unexpected contexts and relationships,
using both built and natural environments, on and near the
quintessential Southern California public space: the beach.
Glow is produced by Santa Monica Cultural Affairs Division and
the Santa Monica Arts Foundation and is made possible with the generous
support of donors and partners including the Santa Monica Convention and
Visitors Bureau and the Loews Santa Monica
Beach Hotel .
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