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New Public Art Takes Shape High Above The Rose Kennedy Greenway

Janet Echelman's aerial sculpture takes shape over the Rose Kennedy Greenway in Boston. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

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 Updated May 3, 2015, 5:15 pm

If you’re near the Rose F. Kennedy Greenway, be sure to look up. A new, high-flying piece of public art began to take shape on Sunday morning.

Dozens of workers closed nearby streets and set to work installing the new piece of public art using a battery of cranes and scissor lifts.

Janet Echelman (center) watches her installation go up with engineers Clayton Binkley (left) and Patrick McCafferty (right). (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

Janet Echelman (center) watches her installation go up with engineers Clayton Binkley (left) and Patrick McCafferty (right). (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

Brookline artist Janet Echelman designed the 600-foot shimmering fiber sculpture made of polyethylene rope to respond fluidly to the wind and weather.

Cranes attached the 2,000 pound fiber sculpture to Financial District skyscrapers hundreds of feet in the air.

Looking down from the 28th floor of International Place at the aerial sculpture. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

Looking down from the 28th floor of International Place at the aerial sculpture. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

Greenway curator Lance Cowan says people will be able to experience it night and day.

“You’re going to be cast with the shadow of the net and watching the rippling of the movement within the wind,” Cowan tells WBUR’s Andrea Shea.”And if you come at night and around dusk when the LED lights comes on, it almost looks like a giant jellyfish that’s floating in the air.”

A public opening is planned for May 11. It will remain suspended between high-rise buildings through October.

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