I went to Ernesto Neto's anthropodino at the Park Avenue Armory today. Amazing. Tactile, fragrant, interactive, inspirational . . . the huge piece incorporates smell by incorporating herbs and spices in sagging swaying sacks, encourages touch by adding ball pits and spongy play beds, and inspires wonder by guiding the visitor through interlocking tunnels of ethereal colorful tulle. Basically too good to miss.
No wonder the New York Times critic Ken Johnson called it,
"A spectacular installation of gauzy Lycra fabric, dangling pods, dinosaurish wooden bones and cavernous interiors. Occupying much of the Park Avenue Armory's 55,000 square foot, 80-foot high Wade Thompson Drill Hall, Mr. Neto's ethereal construction glows like a magical destination in a children's movie."So, here's what you do. Go to the Armory before anthropodino closes on Saturday. I know its late notice but public art like this doesn't come along every day. Tickets are $10 for the general public, $8 for seniors & students - a price well worth it if you budget in the half hour to hour to explore that the work deserves. Learn more about the work here (be sure to watch the time lapse series of the work's installation) and read more reviews here.