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eBay for Charity and Brazilian Artist Ernesto Neto Partner to Support Fondation Beyeler’s Public Art Project

Ernesto Neto, "Somos Todos Seres da Terra / We Are All Children of the Earth" (2018)Ernesto Neto, “Somos Todos Seres da Terra / We Are All Children of the Earth” (2018), ramie crochet and stone plaster, 220 x 10 x 8 cm. Photo Credits: Fondation Beyeler, Atelienave, Mark Niedermann.

eBay for Charity has partnered with artist Ernesto Neto to offer a limited edition artwork, with proceeds benefitting the American Friends of Fondation Beyeler (AFFB). Available exclusively on eBay, the new work is titled We Are All Children of the Earth (2018), and is a numbered limited edition of 1,000 available for $620 each at eBay.com/ErnestoNeto, beginning July 23.

The limited-time sale coincides with the Fondation Beyeler’s public art installation by Neto in Zurich Main Station, titled GaiaMotherTree, on view through July 29, 2018. Inspired by GaiaMotherTree, Neto’s latest sculpture is a hand-knotted crochet-bag carrying a holy fruit, the mango, made of stone plaster. The sculpture hangs from the ceiling with the mango suspended in the long, crocheted bag.

Ernesto Neto, GaiaMotherTree, 2018.Ernesto Neto, “GaiaMotherTree” (2018).

Neto’s ideas have been influenced by the Brazilian Neo-Concrete movement of the 1960s and also by Minimal and Conceptual Art, and Arte Povera. Spirituality, humanism, and ecology are among his principal concerns. His work since the 1990s has been characterized by the use of materials and techniques that are unusual in art. His sculptures and installations often feature biomorphic forms and organic materials, with transparency, sensuality, and a spirit of community playing a major role. Viewers can touch the works and walk through them or set them in motion; in many cases, they also appeal to the sense of smell. The visitor is invited to concentrate on his or her own perception and interact with the work and its environment.

From June 30 to July 29, 2018, the Fondation Beyeler will be showing a project by the Brazilian artist Ernesto Neto in Zurich Main Station. The monumental work GaiaMotherTree, a sculpture made of brightly colored hand-knotted cotton strips, resembles a tall tree, extending right up to the ceiling of the station concourse, which is twenty meters high. GaiaMotherTree is a walk-in structure that functions as a meeting place and a venue for interaction and meditation. A varied program of events for adults and children, with music, meditations, workshops, talks, and guided introductions to the work, will take place inside the installation.

Ernesto Neto, GaiaMotherTree, 2018.Ernesto Neto, “GaiaMotherTree” (2018).

GaiaMotherTree was made entirely by hand. Strips of cotton were knotted together with a finger-crocheting technique to form a giant transparent structure. The upper part of the work, shaped like the crown of a tree, will cover the ceiling of the station concourse. At the base of the tree, there is a large space where visitors can linger and rest on seats arranged in a circle. Drop-shaped elements hanging from the branches are filled with aromatic spices and seeds.

eBay for Charity helps enable members of the eBay community to connect with and support their favorite charities when they buy or sell in the U.S. and abroad. Sellers can donate up to 100 percent of the proceeds to a charity of their choice, while buyers can add a donation to their purchase during checkout. To date, nearly $810 million dollars has been raised for charity by the eBay community.

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