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Park Avenue Armory’s mission is to revitalize one of America’s historic treasures as a dynamic alternative arts space unlike any other in New York. Part palace, part industrial shed, the Armory is dedicated to the development and presentation of work in the visual and performing arts best realized in a non-traditional setting. With its Gilded Age interiors and soaring 55,000-square-foot Drill Hall, the Armory allows artists to create – and audiences to experience – epic, immersive and adventurous work that cannot be done anywhere else. The Armory seeks to stimulate the most ambitious and innovative work many artists will undertake in their career. Such has been its impact in its first five years that in December 2011 The New York Times noted “Park Avenue Armory…has arrived as the most important new cultural institution in New York City.”

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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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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.

Want to see more? Click here for video.

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