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Echelman sculpture begins its ascent over St. Pete pier

Bill DeYoung



Photos by Bill DeYoung

St. Petersburg got its first look at the $1.5 million sculpture “Bending Arc” from artist Janet Echelman Thursday, as a pair of cranes began raising the net-like structure over the new St. Pete Pier.  

Echelman’s billowing, multi-colored hanging sculpture will measure about the length of a football field, and will be suspended from 65-foot pylons. The structure will move with the wind and be illuminated at night.

Echelman’s works use a variety of highly-engineered fibers, 100 percent resistant to UV light, high temperatures, pollution and even chemical reactions. The sculpture is also designed to withstand 150+ mph winds.

According to pier officials, it will take several weeks to raise the structure to its final position through a series of tensioning exercises and lighting tests.

Echelman, who lives in Massachusetts, is expected to arrive in late January to oversee the final steps of installation.


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    Velva Heraty

    January 2, 2020 at 8:13 pm

    Your report is off by at least 2.5 million. Plus installation, maintenance for 20 years St. Pete is on the hook for at least 5 million. That’s on record.

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    Tom McNulty

    January 6, 2020 at 11:16 pm

    Another neon sign — happy hour.

    Best of luck to all the seabirds maimed and executed

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