Her Secret Is Patience
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A documentary on the urban park development movement titled “Olmsted and America’s Urban Parks” will be the subject of a free, public screening at Civic Space Park’s A.E. England Building, 424 N. Central Ave. (map), on Jan. 12 at 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 5:30.
The documentary explores the park architecture of Frederick Law Olmsted and the evolution and history of urban park development in the United States in the 18th and 19th centuries. The event will also feature the TED talk short video by artist Janet Echelman about her work, including Civic Space Park’s signature art piece, “Her Secret Is Patience.”
Viewers also will be able to meet one of the filmmakers of the Olmsted documentary, Rebecca Messner, and participate in a short presentation and discussion on local and national Red Field to Green Fields initiative to convert economically depressed “red” private property (residential, commercial and industrial) into public park property “green.”
The screening is a presentation of No Festival Required’s Building Community Cinema series with the support of the Speedwell Foundation, the City Parks Alliance, Arizona State University, Butler Housing Company, Phoenix Community Alliance, Phoenix Parks Foundation and the City of Phoenix.
The engineering that went into the landmark sculpture at the new Downtown Civic Space Park will be featured at a forum at 6 p.m. Friday, June 5 at Burton Barr Central Library, 1221 N. Central Ave.
The free event will include presentations by the engineers who designed the sculpture’s unique steel and net structure. A union of art and engineering, the sculpture’s steel supports in 2008 received the Excellence in Structural Engineering Award from the Arizona Structural Engineers Association. The award preceded the sculpture’s installation in March.
Artist Janet Echelman designed the piece, titled “Her secret is patience,” to move in the wind and capture changing desert light. The kinetic sculpture is made from specially designed flexible netting suspended 38 feet above the ground on a framework of steel rings, cables and poles. The piece rises to an overall height of about 100 feet and spans 100 feet at the top. Specialized lighting gives the work an extraordinary glowing presence at night.
The upcoming forum will answer questions about how the sculpture was designed, what natural forces had to be considered in creating and engineering the artwork and what problems were overcome to design, build and install it.
The forum will include presentations by Kyle Peyton, who led the CAID Industries team that engineered and fabricated the sculpture, and Allan Ortega of M-3 Engineering, which designed the artwork’s award-winning steel and cable supports. Ian Keough of Buro Happold, which developed the netting’s complex architecture, will discuss the natural forces of gravity and wind that the net’s distinctive geometry of mesh and knotting were designed to withstand and the digital modeling that was created to produce the artwork.
The event is open to the public but RSVP’s are requested. Call 602-495-0185 or send an e-mail to email@example.com.
The discussion is sponsored by the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture Public Art Program. For more information about the public art program, visit phoenix.gov/arts or call 602-262-4637 or 602-534-5500.
Looks like the Civic Space is going to be a success, as hundreds of students, residents and curious visitors stopped by to celebrate the grand opening on April 16. There were giveaways, contests and a concert for the lucky attendees.
Phil Gordon spoke to the audience amid applause and support from the midday crowd.
See below for images.
Pictures courtesy of Evan Wyloge.
After a few delays, Janet Echelman’s “Her Secret is Patience” is being installed for the Civic Space Park grand opening on April 16.
The park is located north of Van Buren Street between Central Avenue and First Avenue.
On April 16, there will be a community celebration at 11 a.m., a formal park dedication ceremony at 3 p.m., and a lighting of the art features at 7:30 p.m.
Photos courtesy of Aaron Stiner.
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A quick look over to the ASU College of Public Programs website’s live webcam of the Downtown Phoenix Civic Space park shows that the long-awaited sculpture, “Her Secret is Patience”, is being reinstalled after a couple of delays. The park opens up this Thursday, as this blog has reported, so this makes sense.
Check out the live webcam from the Dean’s Office of the ASU College of Public Programs: http://copp.asu.edu/do/from-the-dean/civic-space
Let’s hope that the rain and weather is a good omen for this. It’s looking interesting.
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