A giant suspended sculpture has been revealed outside The Dubai Mall

The statue has been named ‘1.78’

ART & CULTURE

The ever-growing art hub of Downtown Dubai has welcomed a new addition to its collection, but you’ll have to look up to see it.

The Dubai Mall has revealed ‘1.78,’ a giant suspended sculpture by renowned American artist Janet Echelman.

The floating structure sits right above a section of The Dubai Fountain and is named after a scientific event on February 27, 2010 where an earthquake caused the day to be shortened by 1.78 microseconds.

The art piece is comprised of layers of bright polyethylene threads tied in more than 600,000 knots over nearly 124 kilometres of string.

But the layers of highly engineered fibre are 15 times stronger than steel by weight, so don’t worry about it falling.

This is Echelman’s most recent piece in her Earth Time Series, with her other works being exhibited in cities across Europe, Asia, and the USA.

As with most of the city, the sculpture is best seen at night – coming to life with projected coloured lights.

Downtown Dubai has recently unveiled plenty of art sculptures, including Richard Hudson’s ‘LOVE ME’ public sculpture commission and ‘Wave-Field’, a travelling exhibit by Canadian-based Lateral Office. Not to mention the enormous 18-metre baloon structure that captured everyone's attention.

With the backdrop of Burj Khalifa and tThe Dubai Fountain, this is a sculpture to feast your eyes on – so head down town as soon as you can.

For other artsy places around Dubai, check out the recently opened Akiba Dori, d3’s Japanese-influenced venue.

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