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Paula Hayes


Micro Terrarium MT16, 2011
Paula Hayes
Sept 16, 2011–Dec 29, 2011
New York-based landscape designer and artist Paula Hayes works with plant life and minerals to produce stunning terrariums as sculptures for gallery environments.

Hayes’s work crafts industrial materials—such as hand-blown glass, silicone, or cast acrylic—into organic shapes that she then fills with a rich variety of plant life. These works deftly combine the intricate beauty and care required of the plant life with innovative, willfully independent sculptural forms. Her one-gallery exhibition at the Wexner Center will feature eight to ten pieces, juxtaposing older works alongside new projects created specifically for this show. In keeping with Hayes’s commitment to the caretaking of these living sculptures, the plants will be tended by select Ohio State University students during gallery hours.

Hayes is also designing a permanent outdoor garden installation adjacent to the Wexner Center entrance in conjunction with the exhibition. The Wexner Center Roof Garden features a variety of sedum with pond planters and grasses. This unique commission is made possible by the generosity of The Trueman Family and additional significant support from Ohio State's office of Facilities Operations and Development.

Christopher Bedford, the Wexner Center’s chief curator of exhibitions, organized the show and a printed, illustrated gallery guide will be produced for this exhibition.

The Wexner Center’s fall exhibitions are made possible by a significant contribution from Battelle.

Gallery Guide Click through for complete image captions. 1) Paula Hayes
Micro Terrarium MT16 (from the installation 100 Micro-terrariums with Sculptural Topographical Layered Rubber Shapes), 2011
Hand-blown glass with plantings
Approx. 3 x 4 x 4 inches (7.6 x 10.2 x 10.2 cm)
Courtesy of the artist

2) Paula Hayes
Wexner Center Roof Garden, 2011
Digital photo rendering
Courtesy of the artist

3) Paula Hayes
MG06: "Moon Gem" Terrarium, 2008
Plantings in hand-blown glass
16 x 13 x 10 1/2 inches (40.6 x 33 x 26.7 cm)
Courtesy of the Artist
Photo: Eva Heyd

4) Paula Hayes
Cabinet of Currency, 2010 (detail)
Cast acrylic with power objects
36 x 7 x 6 in. (91.4 x 17.8 x 15.2 cm)
Courtesy of the artist
Photo: John Gray

5) Paula Hayes
Giant Dome Terrarium GT101 on Iceberg Pedestal, 2009
Rigid foam with painted epoxy, handblown glass with plants, full-spectrum lighting
Terrarium: 18 x 25 1/2 inches
Pedestal: 39 x 39 x 38 inches
Courtesy of the artist
Photo: Jason Wyche

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