“Have fun and explore” might be a motto for the Brazillian artist, Ernesto Neto, as he always tries to play with the idea of social interactions. Best known for his large experimental environments dramatically alter our surroundings, engage all the senses, and invite to interact. Today we’re talking about the hand-crocheted walkable maze “SunForceOceanLife” (2021), 30 x 79 x 55 feet large, where people are encouraged to pass through tunnels. The structure was on view at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston through September this year, and it carried more than just people. The installation is all about fire, as the vital energy that enables life on this planet. “I hope that the experience of this work will feel like a chant made in gratitude to the gigantic ball of fire we call the sun…” The pathway is filled with plastic balls forcing the walkers to constantly shift their balance. “It directly engages the body as does a joyful dance or meditation, inviting us to relax, breathe, and uncouple our body from our conscious mind. The sensation of floating.”
More info: Galerie Max Hetzler.