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Giant aerial sculpture is installed between high-rises in Boston's Financial District

  • Workers, top left, secure lines that support a 600-foot sculpture, a portion of which is reflected in glass on a building, as it is suspended between high-rise buildings, Sunday, May 3, 2015, in Boston. The sculpture, that is to remain in place through October 2015, is made from over 100 miles of twine and utilizes over half a million knots in its construction. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

    Workers, top left, secure lines that support a 600-foot sculpture, a portion of which is reflected in glass on a building, as it is suspended between high-rise buildings, Sunday, May 3, 2015, in Boston. The sculpture, that is to remain in place through October 2015, is made from over 100 miles of twine and utilizes over half a million knots in its construction. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)  (The Associated Press)

  • Lushik Wahba, bottom center, and Nare Filiposyan, bottom right, both of Bennington, Vt., look toward a colorful 600-foot sculpture suspended between high-rise buildings above the Rose Kennedy Greenway, Sunday, May 3, 2015, in Boston. The sculpture, that is to remain in place through October 2015, is made from over 100 miles of twine and utilizes over half a million knots. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

    Lushik Wahba, bottom center, and Nare Filiposyan, bottom right, both of Bennington, Vt., look toward a colorful 600-foot sculpture suspended between high-rise buildings above the Rose Kennedy Greenway, Sunday, May 3, 2015, in Boston. The sculpture, that is to remain in place through October 2015, is made from over 100 miles of twine and utilizes over half a million knots. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)  (The Associated Press)

A giant aerial sculpture is floating over a park in Boston's Financial District, bringing a shimmer of spring where snowplow piles towered just weeks ago.

Early Sunday, dozens of workers closed nearby streets and set to work installing the 600-foot work by artist Janet Echelman, using a battery of cranes and scissor lifts.

The orange and magenta netting made of polyethylene rope weighs a ton, and is designed to respond fluidly to wind and weather. It will remain suspended in the Rose Kennedy Greenway between two high-rise buildings across the Greenway through October.

Echelman is based in suburban Brookline. Her sculpture — which includes more than 100 miles of twine — is inspired by ancient fishing nets. She has installed similar works in Seattle; Madrid, Spain; Amsterdam, Netherlands; Sydney, Australia; and other cities.