GaiaMotherTree: Installation by Ernesto Neto at Zurich Main Station
June 30 – July 27, 2018
This summer, in collaboration with the Fondation Beyeler, Brazilian artist Ernesto Neto is presenting a spectacular and monumental installation – in the middle of Zurich Main Station. Switzerland’s largest train station provides a fitting setting for this enormous installation, which reaches right up to the 20m (65ft) high ceiling of the station concourse.
GaiaMotherTree is an immense, tree-like sculpture made of brightly colored, hand-knotted cotton strips. It resembles a living organism and stimulates the senses. The work is a walk-in structure and thus also functions as a meeting place, with concerts, workshops, and guided tours held inside it.
Ernesto Neto is one of Latin America's most important contemporary artists. His installations, sculptures, and other works can be found in the collections of, among others, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Tate Modern in London, and the Centre Pompidou in Paris.