But...this weekend we made a trip to the Hayward Gallery at the Southbank Centre in London.
Ernesto Neto had created an installation called The Edges of the World. A selection of sculptures described as 'body/space/landscapes', with sensory experiences, morphing into one another through various forms. All structures were made from individual pieces of wood slotted together without a fixative (such as glue or nails), holding their shapes just through gravity.
It was a wonderful experience, I enjoy art that I feel encouraged to interact with.
two views above the suspended layer of cloth..it was like looking across a strange, alien landscape...the smooth textures and gentle curvature.
curves and undulations weighted with stones
the outdoor sculpture pool. swimming in this pool encourages the viewer to almost become a part of the sculpture.
another outdoor sculpture.
view of the tunnel, fabric stretched over the wooden 'skeleton' gives an organic, animal appearance. it was almost as if we were walking through the inside of some giant creature.
within one section of the tunnel there were shaped pockets with chamomile and lavender sewn into them. an interesting experience to walk through this surreal tunnel, getting brief sweet smells.
there was a section where viewers were invited to take off their shoes and walk across the stretched fabric. this was my favourite experience; when pressure was placed on it, the fabric stretched down to the solid floor, challenging perceptions and causing loss of balance and orientation.