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Paula Hayes’ Mini Garden Terrarium Sculptures Now on Display at MoMA, NYC

Posted By Lori Zimmer On January 26, 2011 @ 2:22 pm In Art,Botanical,Design,New York City | 2 Comments

Museum of Modern Art, Paula Hayes, Marianne Boesky, Terrarium, Landscaping, eco-art, W Hotel, Tang Museum, Wexner Center, Garden, planters
Photo © Teo Camporeale

Hayes’ Nocturne features two pieces called “Slug” and “Egg”. Each terrarium sculpture is cast from milky iridescent acrylic and hand blown glass. Slug stretches and seems to slither in a globby horizontal trail, fifteen feet along the wall in MoMA’s atrium, outside of the gift shop. Egg is suspended vertically, and supported by stalactites and stalagmites of acrylic resin that seem to reach to meet and hold the terrarium [1] in place.

Inside each translucent and organic-shaped vessel is home to a miniature forest of lush plant life that has been “landscaped” to create an idyllic oasis within its tiny glass confines. The exhibition was commissioned especially for the winter months, sprouting life and tranquil greenery for the lobby in the face of freezing conditions just outside.

Hayes’ living art is no stranger to the art world. She created an outdoor garden installation for the prominent Marianne Boesky Gallery [2] in the summer of 2009, an indoor forest in the Tang Museum [3], and has an upcoming show at the Wexner Center [4]. Her personal work also includes “living necklaces [5]” (personal terrariums work around the neck),  cast planters, bird baths and bird houses. She is also know for her private art gardens around New York City, in addition to commissioned landscapes for the W [6] Hotel [7] in Miami.

+ Paula Hayes [8]

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[1] terrarium: http://inhabitat.com/cheeky-repurposed-planters-grow-awareness-on-plant-farming/

[2] Marianne Boesky Gallery: http://www.marianneboeskygallery.com/

[3] Tang Museum: http://tang.skidmore.edu/

[4] Wexner Center: http://www.wexarts.org/

[5] necklaces: http://inhabitat.com/an-incredible-breathing-“necklace”-filters-co2-and-stores-it-as-energy/

[6] W: http://www.starwoodhotels.com/whotels/index.html?PS=GWS_aa_Starwood_W_Hotels_Brand_Google_EXACT_w_hotel_02092009

[7] Hotel: http://inhabitat.com/old-suitcases-used-to-decorate-shanghai-urbn-hotel/

[8] + Paula Hayes: http://www.paulahayes.com/

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