Janet Echelman’s Woven Nets

Artist Janet Echelman makes huge, dramatic fiber art, hung in public spaces, and lit to create bright, beautiful organic sculptures.

Made of colored polyethylene fibers that have been knotted, the carefully woven sculptures become beautiful nets, undulating and flowing with warm colors. If you travel through San Francisco, one of our favorite examples of her work hangs in Terminal 2, transforming the space into a modern gallery. Below are examples of her work from all around the world, often hung over public squares, or over waterways.

“These netted works bring softness to the scale of the city,” she said. “They are soft counterpoints to the hard edges of buildings, offering proof that we can interrogate the status quo – that the assumption that cities must be formed from hard materials and straight edges can be changed.”