Visitors pass into the main gallery through an open woven tunnel, fixed with a fringe of metal and wooden bells. A simple touch of the netting while passing through creates a gentle ringing of the bell’s opposing sounds. Inside the ground floor gallery, kids and adults can take a gravity-defying walk through “The Island Bird,” a suspended maze that’s just two feet wide. The woven walls change from blues to pinks to reds, and are woven in spirals similar to spider webs. For the floors of the maze, Neto knit uneven tubes, and filled them with disused plastic balls from children’s amusement rides. Visitors can then slowly navigate the unstable floors of the hanging installation, after taking off their shoes of course.
After the journey, the fun continues upstairs with smaller hanging sculptures. Individual hammocks envelop the user in a relaxing, netted cocoon. The net covered plastic ball base conforms to the body, giving comfort- and a view of the intricate weaving of Neto’s piece. The most incredible piece, “The Sun Lots Life, Let the Son,” combines Neto’s weaving and suspended walkways with nature. The weave of the central walkway extends to cover the ceiling from wall to wall. From the overhead nets, dangling extension hang, anchoring a flower pot with a living plant inside. The sack-like crocheted offshoots tie in with the organic feel of the piece’s sculptural shape.
Ernesto Neto’s exhibition can be both viewed and experienced until May 25th.