Ernesto Neto’s Awe-Inspiring Art Installation

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Brazilian artist Ernesto Neto is the one of the most important proponents of the Neo-Concrete movement, which was formed in Brazil in the 1950s. His most recent installation, ‘Crazy Hyperculture in the Vertigo of the World’ at the Faena Arts Center in Buenos Aires, invites the viewer to touch, smell and walk inside its inner space.

Neto works with abstract installations which often take up the whole expositional space, creating spatial labyrinths in which fine membranes –stretched taught and fixed at various points– containing spices of varying colours and aromas (saffron, cloves) hang down here and there in the shape of enormous droplets.

The main elements and materials used in his works are the elasticity of the fabrics, the force of gravity, spices and polythene foam.

Link to the exhibit’s page on the Faena Arts Center site.

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Giant Sculptures Made From Food Cans

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From June 24, 2012, Canary Wharf is set to host London’s first Canstruction® event. The exhibition will see some giant sculptures being created out of 40,000 cans of food, by some of the world’s leading architects and designers. At the end of the event, the sculptures will be taken apart, and the cans will be redistributed to London’s needy people by Fareshare, an UK food charity.

The pieces will be on display in the lobby of One Canada Square, Britain’s tallest skyscraper, and Canary Wharf’s shopping malls. An expert panel of judges will select an overall champion, among other categories, and the winners will compete in the final International Canstruction® Competition 2013 in the United States.

The main exhibition will run from Monday 25 June – Saturday 7 July, 2012.

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‘Aeolus’ – A Giant Acoustic Sculpture

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Installed in the heart of Canary Wharf, London, Aeolus is a enormous acoustic sculpture that “sings” with the passing breeze. Named after the god of the four winds in Greek mythology, the sculpture consists of low-tension nylon harp strings attached to 310 polished stainless steel tubes, which redirect the passing air into the center of the piece, and create an unique sound in the process.

The sculpture will be positioned in Canada Square Park. It provides both acoustic and optical sensations, with the pipes framing, inverting and magnifying the landscape, which in Canary Wharf will include the reflected architecture of the UK’s tallest skyscrapers. The viewers’ experience will change throughout the day as the clouds and sun move across the sky and surrounding buildings. 

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The installation is the brainchild of Bristol-based artist Luke Jerram, who is quite well known for his ‘Play Me I’m Yours’ project, where dozens of pianos were installed across central London for the public to play. Aeolus is the grand culmination of Jerram’s three year investigation into acoustics, wind and architecture. Jerram says that he was inspired during a research trip to Iran, where a well-digger in the Qanat desert spoke to him of “the wells singing in the wind.”

The sculpture will be on display until 10th May, 2012, at Canada Square Park, Canary Wharf, London.

Link to the official site.

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