RIO by Ernesto Neto
Commissioned by Nike
"Besides the obvious structural and visual parallels between Neto's recent sculpture and Nike Flyknit, both also take the form of a soft architecture that adapts to the human form. Neto's works are invitations to participate and play — they invite new experiences of motion as once de-stabilized by the unstable terrain and held safely by the soft crocheted surrounds. In this sense they act on the human body in much the same way that Nike Flyknit acts on the foot. They encourage new kinds of performance within a safely net of support. "