Honeywell Spectra® Fiber Strengthens 745-Foot Sculpture By World-Renowned Artist
March 18, 2014
Honeywell Spectra® fiber is strengthening the ropes used in a new sculpture making its world premiere this month in Vancouver, British Columbia, by world-renowned artist Janet Echelman.
The fiber, which is pound-for-pound 15 times stronger than steel but light enough to float, gives Echelman's sculpture the strength it needs to sustain winds of up to 96 miles per hour while remaining light enough to attach to existing buildings and eventually be transported around the world to be displayed. The sculpture weighs 3,500 pounds and its first installation will suspend 745 feet across the waterfront between the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel and the Vancouver Convention Center. Echelman is known for creating massive sculptures that respond to the forces of nature.
“When I began planning for a sculpture of this size, I knew Spectra fiber would be a critical component in helping me achieve my artistic vision,” said Echelman. “The fiber gives my work the strength it needs, but allows me to create a structure that is light and delicate so that it moves with the wind.” The ropes are produced by custom rope manufacturer Yale Cordage, which is known for its application-specific ropes and efficient use of fiber to provide maximum strength in its products. Yale created a 12-strand hollow braided rope using Spectra fiber for this project.