(CNN)Rio de Janeiro is a city of juxtapositions: where raw, organic beauty and man-made wonders meet in near perfect harmony.
Internationally-acclaimed sculptor Ernesto Neto embraces this equation, channeling it into his rich and intricate installations. Born and raised in Rio, Neto says the city’s botanical gardens are his inspiration — its structured take on nature like an installation itself.
“The art is about the spirituality of the human being in this planet and how we are connected to [it],” Neto says, “and nature is the key point.”
“Rio is a city that flows,” he says. “Nature is so strong here… it’s very important.”
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