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Rose Kennedy Greenway sculpture gets a name

The new aerial sculpture by artist Janet Echelman is suspended above the Rose Kennedy Greenway.
The new aerial sculpture by artist Janet Echelman is suspended above the Rose Kennedy Greenway.(Dina Rudick/Globe Staff)

That floating sculpture over the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway now has a name. Brookline artist Janet Echelman says the title of her work is “As if It Were Already Here.” A crew of about 50 people began installing the sculpture Sunday morning. Its official opening is May 11. “I have to meet the sculpture before I can name it. I had picked out a name for our son before he was born and filled in the forms at the hospital, but when we got to know him, we realized he needed a different name,” Echelman said. “My first chance to meet the sculpture was Sunday during installation, because when we’re making it, it’s too large to see more than only a small portion at a time. . . . I chatted with lots of people encountering the sculpture for the first time, and their responses helped inspire the title. . . . One woman told me it seemed as if the sculpture had always been here.”