Janet Echelman


Janet Echelman is an artist who defies categorization. She creates billowing sculpture engineered to the scale of buildings, choreographed by wind and light, that shifts from being an object you look at, to a living environment you can get lost in.

Her TED talk “Taking Imagination Seriously” has been translated into 35 languages with over one million views. Oprah ranked Echelman’s work #1 on her List of 50 Things That Make You Say Wow! Recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship, Smithsonian American Ingenuity Award, Harvard Loeb Fellowship, and Fulbright Lectureship, Echelman was named an Architectural Digest Innovator for "changing the very essence of urban spaces."

Echelman combines ancient craft with computational design software to create artworks that have become focal points for urban life on five continents. Major permanent commissions include: Dream Catcher on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood, California; Impatient Optimist, signature sculpture of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation campus in Seattle, Her Secret Is Patience in downtown Phoenix Civic Space; Every Beating Second at San Francisco International Airport T2, Water Sky Garden at Richmond Olympic Oval, and She Changes, the iconic work for the waterfront of Porto, Portugal.