Interacting with Jesús Rafael Soto

Yesterday afternoon Lukus and I decided to take a trip over to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (or for those of you fond of acronyms LACMA).  It was a fun little excursion filled with lots of American Contemporary art and early 20th Century German art.  All good stuff.  But alas,  there was no photography inside the buildings…

Fortunately,  there was also art outside.  Ingenious.  One of said outdoor art instillations was the sculpture Penetrable,  1990 by Jesús Rafael Soto (1923-2005).  The sculpture,  made of painted iron,  aluminum and plastic hoses,  is typical of Soto’s interactive style.  Just upon approaching the instillation you have an immediate urge to enter the sculpture.  Needless to say,  Lukus did just that!

What are your feelings on interactive art? Do you think the interaction cheapens it or that it provokes thought?


  1. I think it provokes thought and I would also have entered the :)

  2. Isn’t it beautiful up at the Getty? From the shows I’ve covered with interactive art, people–especially a room full of art critics were afraid to interact with the art {maybe the $4 million price tag was putting them off} and there was a look of horror when I sat down on the swing and started swinging–but I figured it had to be insured. Anyway interactive art is usually the most expensive art of all, so I don’t know if ‘cheapens’ is the right word, haha–but I know what you mean–it’s one of those ‘is it art?’ or ‘is it art that I can really appreciate?’ questions.

    Have a great weekend Alexis!

    xo Mary Jo

  3. My husband and I were there when we photographed my post on my Missoni for Target nightgown, and there was a girl in that spaghetti sculpture being photographed by her boyfriend! I like interactive art a lot, partially because kids love it and I like seeing kids become excited by art, and partially because they create a kind of community interaction with the art that’s beyond merely viewing art. Love it.


  4. I love interactive art. It makes the work much more accessible – especially for kids. It draws their interest, makes it more memorable, inspires them. Looks like a fun time :-)

  5. That’s so cool!! Looks like you guys had fun :)

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