Knotted cotton strips, balls of cotton strips and wooden knobs
50 × 52 × 45 cm (19 2/3 × 20 1/2 × 17 2/3 in)
Edition: 100 + 5 artist’s proofs (last copies of this edition)
Certificate: signed and numbered
Provenance: Fondation Beyeler Editions
Estimate: each CHF 10’000 – 12’000
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The Fondation Beyeler recently presented an art project by Ernesto Neto at Zurich Main Station. There, from June 30 to July 29, his monumental GaiaMotherTree, knotted by hand out of brightly coloured strips of cotton, spread its “branches” all the way up to the 20-m-high ceiling of the main concourse. The walk-in sculpture was conceived as a place for encounters, interaction, and meditation and was flanked by a varied program of events held inside the work.
As part of the GaiaMotherTree project, Ernesto Neto also created a limited edition of seedgaia. Like GaiaMotherTree, these are made of strips of cotton knotted together to form a mesh-like structure. Each seedgaia is filled with balls of cotton strips and is suspended from the ceiling by six wooden knobs.
Ernesto Neto (born 1964 in Rio de Janeiro) is one of Brazil’s most important contemporary artists. His work has won widespread acclaim, not least on account of his frequent participation in the Venice Biennale and exhibitions at major museums all over the world. His works are to be found in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Tate Modern in London, and the Centre Pompidou in Paris.