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Work begins on enormous art installment at St. Pete Pier

Posted at 6:56 PM, Jan 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-02 18:56:35-05

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Work began Thursday on a new and very large art installment at the site of the new St. Petersburg Pier.

Artist Janet Echelman designed the net sculpture called the “Bending Arc."

Once complete, the work will be 76 feet at its highest point, 428 feet wide at its widest and will require 84 miles of twine and more than a million knots.

Echelman says part of the experience in viewing her art is watching the net sculpture as it changes while it sways in the wind and light.

The cost of the art was $1.5 million, which was partially raised by private donors. The infrastructure to hold the net artwork costs another $1.3 million.

Crews hope to wrap up construction on the new pier in late Spring of 2020.