After 30 years, Soto piece returns to museum and encourages you to touch, look and listen

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In a space of relative quiet reflection – and mostly no touching policies - Penetrable de Chicago is shaking things up at the Art Institute of Chicago.

Nearly 1500 clear plastic filaments, hung 10 feet above the ground, encourage visitors to touch, look, listen and feel a piece of contemporary art from renowned abstract artist Jesus Rafael Soto.

Soto designed the piece for Chicago on a rare American tour in the early 1970’s. It is one of only 30 the Venezuelan produced in his lifetime. He focused on post-war abstraction and involved heavily in kinetic pieces with optical illusions.

Penetrable de Chicago has sat in storage for nearly 30 years, damaged and in need of TLC which came recently with a large grant to the institute.

A 10 month restoration project and the iconic forest of filament is once again igniting curiosity.

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