London: Ernesto Neto at the Hayward Gallery
Also on view at the Hayward is The Edges of the World, a massive installation by Ernesto Neto. Unlike his large work created for the Park Avenue Armory in 2009, this work is made of many different materials and is broken into specific pieces in separate rooms. Outside is a lareg steel sculpture made from discs that slip into each other with no welding; they are held together by balance and gravity but weigh around four tons.
Inside translucent fabric creates a maze of wonder and delight. Viewers are invited to gently touch the work and to see it from all different angles. Olfactory senses are triggered with the herbs and spices he uses in his work.
Rocks are also used in parts of the work to weigh particular sections down creating an organic form that bends and moves just as natural skin might do.
On a second terrace one can find H2o-SfLv, a domed pool with two changing rooms on either side. Neto believes that this work only becomes complete and successful as an artwork when it is being used by people.