The support behind the sculpture

Large beams support “Her Secret is Patience”, a sculpture by artist Janet Echelman.

Downtown Phoenix’s Civic Space Park is home to a large, hanging sculpture. The sculpture, created by Janet Echelman is named “Her Secret is Patience”.

In 2009 when the sculpture was first installed, it received heavy criticism. Many feared that the net would trap birds flying by and either injure or kill them. Others worried that the strong winds of the summer monsoon season would cause the piece to come crashing down. 8 years later however, no birds have been harmed and the structure remains standing tall.

The only casualties caused by the net-like sculpture this far seems to be the occasional frisbee or soccer ball.

The large beams that keep the installation off the ground were built to withstand hurricane winds. The 2.4 million dollar project has lasted through countless Arizona storms and looks to continue on that path.

Civic Space Park allows for individuals to view the piece from several different angles. Many choose to lay directly under the net, while others enjoy the view from afar at any of the many benches located next to the support beams.

Original naysayers of the art installation have since changed their opinions and agree that it has become a staple of downtown Phoenix. While many may not know the proper name of the piece, they identify it with nicknames such as “tornado” and “butterfly net”. Regardless of how it is identified, most would say that they are familiar with the artwork.

At night, the piece transforms into a magical light display. The artwork stands out against the concrete buildings surrounding the park.

“Her Secret is Patience” has become a huge hit when it comes to the world of social media. Majority of the postings on instagram with the geo-tag Civic Space Park are of the floating sculpture.

Whether it be through the physical support of the beams, or through the outpouring of support and enjoyment from the community, “Her Secret is Patience” is on its way to becoming a Phoenix landmark.