Photos: Janet Echelman's Skies Painted with Unnumbered Sparks floats over Vancouver

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      Timed to coincide with this week's TED Conference, an unusual piece of artwork is floating over downtown Vancouver.

      Janet Echelman's Skies Painted with Unnumbered Sparks is a 745-foot sculpture hovering between the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel and the Vancouver Convention Centre, where this year's TED Conference opened today (March 17).

      The soft-fibre multimedia work was created in collaboration with artist Aaron Koblin, creative director at Google’s Creative Lab, who met Echelman at TED2011.

      In the daytime, the netlike scupture sways in the breeze, while at night, a number of projectors cause it to light up in a rainbow of colours, which can be controlled by a mobile device.

      Here is a selection of photos from the compelling public sculpture, taken by contributors to our Flickr group.

      Skies Painted with Unnumbered Sparks can be seen in Vancouver until March 23.




      Mar 17, 2014 at 12:35pm



      Mar 17, 2014 at 11:43pm

      all Vancouverites should take the time and go down there and see this fantastic artwork by day and especially by night!!


      Mar 18, 2014 at 9:12am

      Can we keep it?

      laura a smith

      Mar 19, 2014 at 12:51am

      it is just beautiful thank you so much for such beauty

      Dana C. MacFarlane

      Mar 20, 2014 at 1:03pm

      Sooo....does this have any practical application? If not it seems an extravagant waste of resources just to have something for tweenies to play with...


      Mar 23, 2014 at 5:39am

      The real sky is spectacular & beautiful-only humans would think they can improve it.


      Mar 27, 2014 at 12:38am

      The net was pretty cool.
      Projected visuals reminded me of a screensaver - it would have been prettier without all the flashing target shapes.