Commissioned in 2004, this kinetic sculpture took almost a decade to produce, along with a required retrofit to the building's structure and huge fund raising effort. Jesús Rafael Soto passed away in 2005 and the work was produced by MFAH over the 10 years with help from Soto's longtime collaborators Paolo Carrozzino and Walter Pellevoisin. There are eight other Soto pieces that accompany Houston Penetrable. I wish I could just hop on a plane to see this show! There is a smaller Soto Penetrable here in Los Angeles at LACMA, but wow, the scale of this one in Houston must surely transport you. It is on view and fully touchable until September 1, 2014 after which it will go into storage. Watch an amazing video of the piece and the making of it here.
Seriously. Watch it.
As an exhibition designer and someone who loves the process of installing work for public viewing, I can appreciate the amount of planning and work that goes into hanging and storing this piece. It weighs eight tons and is comprised of 2,400 PVC tubes. So many hands, so many brains, so many hours!