Tubular magic

Going back in time … We visited the Houston Museum of Fine Arts back in June 2014. Jacquela wanted to see the Soto exhibit. What a surprise! To walk into art. To be inside the art. Magic. Jadin and Jacquela immersed and disappeared, emerged, floating visible and invisible and ghostly,

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Jesús Rafael Soto’s signature Penetrables series is one of the great marvels of contemporary art. The Houston Penetrable—the Venezuelan artist’s final, and most ambitious work—is the only one Soto (1923–2005) designed as permanent or semipermanent, and one of the few he created as an indoor piece.
A vast, floating sea of plastic strands suspended from the ceiling, the Houston Penetrable is completed only by the viewer’s participation. Intended to be touched, handled, and waded through, the strands compose a floating yellow orb on a transparent background. The 24,000 PVC (polyvinyl chloride) tubes, individually hand-painted and tied, hang two stories high from the ceiling to the floor in the Museum’s Cullinan Hall.
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