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Janet Echelman's '1.78 Madrid' Marks the City's 400th Anniversary

 - Feb 14, 2018
References: archdaily
Artist Janet Echelman began her 'Earth Time Series' in 2010, but the latest installation, '1.78 Madrid', is designed to commemorate a contemporary event. The elaborate, lush thread sculpture has been commissioned in honor of Madrid's 400th anniversary.

1.78 Madrid hangs in Plaza Mayor, directly above a regal statue of King Philip III of Spain, a crucial monarch who ruled during the height of Spain's empire in the early 17th century. Though it has historical connotations throughout Spain, the installation itself is inspired by time in a different sense. The name, 1.78 Madrid, refers to the amount of microseconds that a day on Earth was shortened as a result of the massive 2011 earthquake in Japan.

Echelman hopes that 1.78 Madrid will bring people "together with art that explores our concept of time."

Image Credit: João Ferrand