anthropodino

The Armory’s first commissioned art installation was 2009’s anthropodino, a large-scale, interactive sculpture by Brazilian artist, Ernesto Neto. Using hundreds of yards of translucent material, Neto suspended a gigantic canopy from the drill hall’s latticework truss—120 feet wide and 180 feet long. Magnificent, aromatic “fabric stalactites” descended 60 feet to embrace a vast labyrinth of passageways and rooms.

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#TBT to 2009 and our first commissioned art installation, Ernesto Neto’s anthropodino, a large-scale, interactive sculpture. The Brazilian artist used hundreds of yards of translucent material, to suspend a gigantic canopy from the Wade Thompson Drill Hall’s latticework truss. These magnificent, aromatic “stalactites” were filled with spices and descended 60 feet to embrace a vast labyrinth of passageways and rooms. The wooden skeleton was made of innumerable bone-shaped plywood parts neatly cut by computer-driven machines and was assembled like a huge, three-dimensional puzzle without screws or glue. Hundreds of pounds of spices, including turmeric, clove, ginger, black pepper and cumin, infused the environment with scent and provided a heightened sensorial experience. This immersive, multi-sensory installation invited viewers to enter the work and explore the piece from many different perspectives. (Photos: James wing)