Thursday, January 26, 2012

Weaving the Blackstone--Sculpture

A sculptor in Pawtucket, Rhode Island has stretched thousands of feet of synthetic fabric cords across the Blackstone River in a suspended display of color that is equal parts art and engineering. The Blackstone river is adjacent to the Slater Mill which is a historic landmark and significant place during the industrial revolution. According to an Associated Press article The "Weaving the Blackstone" project — reminiscent of the massive environmental "wrappings" done by the artist Christo — consists of nearly 30,000 feet of polyester, nylon and polypropylene cords stretched across the river. The brightly colored cables are suspended anywhere from 3 feet above the water to nearly three dozen; they cross in places, and at their longest, run 400 feet. In three spots, they are threaded through oversized heddles Gerola built to highlight the weaving theme. The heddle is the part of a loom through which all threads pass. More information and a video made by the artist can be seen above.