Goodness! Why is there a giant floating net outside The Dubai Mall?

An artist's work is here to remind us there’s more to life than Instagramming our morning coffee…

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Goodness! Why is there a giant floating net outside The Dubai Mall?

If you’ve been anywhere near The Dubai Mall lately - who hasn’t since their new extension opened? - you may have noticed a huge, floating sculpture above the fountains.

Let us tell you more: American sculptor Janet Echelman has brought her latest masterpiece, 1.78, to the city with Art Emaar – AKA Downtown Dubai’s art initiative.

Created as part of her Earth Time Series, 1.78 represents the number of microseconds the day was shortened by an event that shifted the earth’s mass and sped up the planet’s daily rotation. Note to self: watch more science documentaries on Netflix. 

The award-winning artist and Harvard graduate's art comes in at number one on Oprah’s ‘List Of 50 Things That Make You Say Wow’ - so, put simply, she's pretty brilliant. 

Janet’s vibrant pieces have been showcased in Europe, Asia, Australia and North and South America before being brought to our hometown. She aims to remind us that we are "part of a complex interconnectedness with larger systems of our physical world" by using light materials, so when one piece moves, it affects all the other elements.

It's basically a bright red hint that the world isn’t all about us. Who knew?

Photos: Getty Images