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Ernesto Neto: The Edges of the World at Hayward Gallery

As part of the Southbank Centre's three-month Festival Brazil, the Hayward Gallery plays host to Ernesto Neto's new exhibition, The Edges of the World.

Ernesto Neto: The Edges of the World at Hayward Gallery
The sculptural pool on one of the gallery's roof terraces is sure to be a big hit this summer
Ernesto Neto: The Edges of the World at Hayward Gallery
Neto has used translucent fabric to create multiple layers in the upper galleries of the Hayward

The large-scale sculptor occupies the upper floor of the gallery as well as three outdoor spaces including a domed pool on one of these terraces.

Brazilian born Ernesto Neto created the exhibition especially for the Hayward and has been in planning for a year.

It includes material tunnels that snake round the space using hundreds of yards of fabric, all of which were cut and stitched by hand.

The main theme, although abstract, is the body with the structure made from wooden skeletons and different areas representing different parts of the body such as the heart.

The translucent fabric is doubled up and this creates another level.

This other level provides a different view of the whole sculptor when looking from the many viewing platforms.

The exhibition aims to get people to use all their senses.

The use of colour, blend of spices and the texture of the material helps to do this and create a certain atmosphere.

• Admission to the pool is free to exhibition ticket-holders, but must be booked in advance by telephone on 0844 847 9910.

The New Decor is showing simultaneously in the lower galleries at the Hayward.


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