Name Amon First

Ernesto Neto - Petit Palais

Animal nature, 2013

25 mm corten steel
216 x 348 x 216 cm
Presented by Max Hetzler, Berlin, Paris
Courtesy of the artist and the gallery

Ernesto Neto was born in 1964 in Rio de Janeiro, where he lives and works.

The large-scale sculpture animal nature is characteristic of Neto's construction method. Steel elements are slotted together in the shape of flowers or foliage. The work resembles a giant toy made of prefabricated components challenging gravity. The sculpture will partly oxidize over time, turning into a deep reddish-brown contrasting with the white or pastel finish of previous works. Neto often plays with the idea that our body naturally serves as a scale reference in his sculptures and large-scale installations. His interest in the human need to interact is reflected in his works. Such is the case for another sculpture from this series that could serve as a bench.

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