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NEW YORK – It’s a dream come true, an actual architectural digest masterpiece from Utopia and seen in reality with its multicolored fabrics that makes it look like a real playground. This is the grand Park Avenue Armory that puts wonderland to shame. Get into it and enjoy the crème de la crème of Brazilian artist Ernest Neto’s wraithlike works
Aptly called “anthropodino”, it’s a special offering by the Park Avenue Armory to showcase their 55,000 square foot Wade Thompson Drill Hall. There is an insurmountable sunshade covering the over the boardwalks and hollow spaces discreetly covered by cloth to enhance their loveliness.
On one hollow room is a large bean bag you can slouch on with another with an inviting king-size mattress and numerous fragrant pillows. It’s a strong enough building to take all the beatings of carzy fun seeking visitors but looks delicate to the eyes.
Tom Eccles, the exhibitor’s curator, applauds Neto’s ability to actually develop a work of art that seems to communicate with the visitors and giving it an appearance that looks like it’s from out of this world. Neto himself is convinced the masterpiece is all but magical.
Being his greatest creation to date, he compares it to a hand with the top cover looking like the palm and the tunnels and pods fingers. To him there seems to be a connection between the body and the landscape, with one beginning where the other ends. The native of Rio de Janeiro has been able to convert one of the largest spaces in New York into an enviable master piece of art using but very inadequate means.
Working with just a handful of people and delivering materials in just three tiny boxes, they patched everything on site in just about a week. The raison d’être for this great creation was to give budding artists a chance to simply showcase their rare talents. The founders believe they have mostly met their targets. Being the first project the organization has inaugurated on its own, they intend to work with selected artists to further their goals. The show on Manhattan’s Upper East Side will run till June 14.

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