Patrick Shearn of Poetic Kinetics, Silver Current rendering. Skynet created for DATMA.

To mark the launch of The Massachusetts Design Art and Technology Institute (DATMA), the non-collecting contemporary art center and its partners will kick off a city-wide, collaborative venture called Summer Winds. DATMA has commissioned the centerpiece of Summer Winds, a large-scale, site specific architectural art installation called Silver Current created by celebrated Los Angeles, CA based artist Patrick Shearn of Poetic Kinetics.

Silver Current will feature an 8,000-square foot kinetic skynet sculpture, in Shearn’s signature style, installed over Custom House Square Park in New Bedford throughout the Summer
Winds season. DATMA has chosen the theme of wind to highlight a natural element of the Southcoast geography that has inspired and brought prosperity to many in the past and will do so again.

Made out of ultra-lightweight metalized film, Silver Current is the latest of the artist’s series Skynets that will move and shimmer with the wind, from 15 feet off the ground to 115 feet in the air. The customized piece is comprised of approximately 5,200 linear feet of rope, 200 hand-tied technical knots, and approximately 50,000 streamers of holographic silver film on a monofilament net, forming an iridescent wind wave form.

Summer Winds will also feature local and international artists and performers who will create exciting installations and performances that interact with the wind throughout downtown New Bedford, in public parks, and along the waterfront.

Summer Winds will be on view from July 1 to September 30, 2019 in New Bedford, MA and is free and open to the public.

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