Her Secret Is Patience – Phoenix, Arizona - Atlas Obscura
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Phoenix, Arizona

Her Secret Is Patience

A striking public art installation named for a Ralph Waldo Emerson quote. 

A quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Adopt the pace of nature; her secret is patience,” also doubles as the title of this massive public art installation by Janet Echelman, located in the Phoenix Civic Space Park.

The arial structure is 145 feet tall, suspended more than 100 feet off the ground, and is comprised of galvanized steel, polyester twine netting, and colored lights. The creation was a combined effort between the artist and a team of engineers, architects, planners, lighting designers, and fabricators.

The piece is designed to create “shadow drawings,” which the artist explains are inspired by Arizona’s cloud shadows that enthralled her on her first visit. During the day the structure moves with the breeze. At night the structure is lit up with a kaleidoscope range of colors, which change with the seasons. 

Know Before You Go

Must park on the street. Visit at night. The sculpture does not appear to be lit every night; schedule is unknown.