“It’s only very partially an object. It’s mostly a verb.”
That’s how Paula Hayes defines a terrarium, as you’ll see and hear in the video above. Hayes is known for a variety of botanical art endeavors, including landscapes and living sculptures that can take the form of necklaces, planters, bird feeders, and terrariums. Hayes is first an artist, who has a masters’ degree in sculpture from Parsons, but she supported herself as a gardener during her college years. After that, she started combining sculpture and gardening in objects that contain landscapes and landscapes that often contain objects—simple, poetic, ephemeral.
The terrariums are always hand-blown in spherical organic shapes, and are the most delicate and beautiful I have ever seen. Recently, Hayes accepted a challenge to think of forms that would complement the lobby of New York’s Musuem of Modern Art and came up with Nocturne of the Limax maximus, an installation containing two large-scale terrariums: Slug and Egg.
See it at MoMA, if you can; the installation runs through February 11.