Ernesto Neto's Hand-Crocheted Installation at Zurich Main Station

Brazilian artist Ernesto Neto's recent work, created in partnership with the Fondation Beyeler, was installed in Zurich's main train station earlier this year. A 65-foot, tree-like installation extended from the floor to the ceiling. Titled GaiaMotherTree, the sculpture was created using finger-crochet techniques that several weeks to complete - even with 27 people working on it. Though the structure was fragile, Neto encouraged visitors to touch the work (like in all of his installations). There was also over 1300 lbs of aromatic ground spices, including turmeric, cloves, cumin, and black pepper in bags that surround and counterbalance the sculpture.

Though the installation has been taken down, there is a great article with video and more images that can be found here.

 Ernesto Neto, “GaiaMotherTree” (2018) at Zurich Main Station, Fondation Beyeler, photo by Mark Niedermann

Ernesto Neto, “GaiaMotherTree” (2018) at Zurich Main Station, Fondation Beyeler, photo by Mark Niedermann

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