Paula Hayes: urban gardens

Back in the winter of 2010, I happen to be at The MoMA marveling at an installation by New York-based artist and landscape designer Paula Hayes

She had installed a biomorphic-shaped container on one of the walls in the entrance hallway of the Museum and carefully filled-it with amazing tiny tropical plants and ferns.  It was wonderful!  At the time I remember thinking how fabulous it was to be in the dead of a New York winter and be able to enjoy art and greenery in the indoors.
Since then, her name has appeared on my radar a number of times.  For one, she has become the “gardenista” du jour of the art world, creating private city oases “in the sky” for a number of high profile clients like art dealer Marianne Boesky and architect Rafael Viñoly.  For those without an outdoor space – like me – she creates, with the meticulous eye of a Zen gardener, equally artistic terrariums (top and bottom images) encouraging their owners to tend to these Lilliputian environments as they would a larger garden.
I LOVE these terrariums because they combine a beautiful, yet inanimate, artistic hand-blown glass vessel with the animate art of nature … and for an art and nature lover like myself little could be better!
image credits: via Paula Hayes: (from top to bottom) Moongem terrarium | photograph by Eva Heyd; private interior garden | photograph by Béatrice de Géa; private penthouse garden | photograph by Béatrice de Géa; Peanut terrarium | photograph by Sherry Griffin.
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