Public Sculptures by Janet Echelman seen at 8490 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069, West Hollywood - Dream Catcher
Public Sculptures by Janet Echelman seen at 8490 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069, West Hollywood - Dream Catcher

Dream Catcher

““Dream Catcher,”” Janet Echelman’s monumental sculpture for Sunset Strip in West Hollywood, transforms the open space between two buildings into a dynamic, translucent art installation. A group of suspended forms composed of colored fiber netting create a gently-moving, transparent sculpture nearly the height of the ten-story buildings. Echelman laces the artwork directly into the architecture of the two adjacent buildings and in doing so created forms new to her practice.

The artwork’s inspiration stems from dreams and the idea of dreaming hotel guests asleep in the two buildings that cradle and support the sculpture. Her studio’s research into brainwave activity during periods of dreaming provided a data set from which they extrapolated the forms that constitute the artwork. Dreams are not only private experiences, they are also social and cultural ones. Dream Catcher is an apt title not only for how it speaks to the guests of the hotel, but to the larger region and its identity as a global epicenter for entertainment and media – the place where dreams are invented and pursued.

The specificity of the narrative to the site is matched by Dream Catcher’s unique response to the site’s formal parameters. The highly dynamic environment of the Sunset Strip, including the presence of soaring buildings, demands a work of equal rigor and commanding presence. With a height of 90 feet and a width of 70 feet, the sculpture provides a large visual presence, tempered by its translucency. The chromatic drama of Dream Catcher, particularly at night with its LED lighting design, offers a vibrant, illuminated visual field prominent both from Sunset Boulevard and locations south of the site. The four-tiered sculptural support system is composed of cables that are integrated seamlessly into the building floor plates and represent a highly collaborative, unified relationship between the artist and the architectural team.

Materials: Fiber, Buildings and Sky combined with Colored Lighting. Fibers are braided with UHMWPE (Ultra high molecular weight polyethylene) and PTFE (Polytetrafluoroethylene)
Dimensions of net: 85 ft. height x 90 ft. width
Installation dimensions: 108 ft. height x 110 ft. width

Meet the Creator

Janet Echelman is an artist who defies categorization. She creates experiential sculpture at the scale of buildings that transform with wind and light. The art shifts from being an object you look at, to a living environment you can get lost in. Using unlikely materials from fishnet to atomized water particles, Echelman combines ancient craft with cutting-edge technology to create artworks that have become focal points for urban life on four continents.

Recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship, the Harvard University Loeb Fellowship, a Fulbright Lectureship, and the Aspen Institute Crown Fellowship, her TED talk “Taking Imagination Seriously” has been translated into 34 languages with more than one million views. Ranked number one on Oprah Magazine’s List of 50 Things that Make You Say Wow!, she was named an Architectural Digest Innovator for “changing the very essence of urban spaces.” She recently received the Smithsonian American Ingenuity Award in Visual Arts, honoring “the greatest innovators in America today.” “

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