Secchia Garden Lecture
The Master Lecture Series
Tuesday, April 30, 2013, 7 pm
Speaker: Paula Hayes
Fee: Free for members, general admission for non-members.
“She and her work defy simple categorization—she inhabits the aesthetic...of art, sculpture, landscape design, architecture, gardening, horticulture, and environmentalism,” Richard D. Marshall, art historian, says of the artist in his forward to the recently published Paula Hayes. Quite fitting for an artist and gardener whose work exemplifies unifying horticulture and sculpture to speak at Meijer Gardens’ Secchia Garden Lecture in April.
Based in New York, artist Paula Hayes blends sculpture and garden design in a way that is uniquely hers. Though she is most famous for her exquisite, high-end art terrariums of organically shaped, hand-blown glass, her passion for “all things green” extends to outdoor gardens as well. Her passion for garden design led to commissions for more than 20 private gardens across the United States.
Hayes has exhibited her terrariums internationally, with recent shows at Museum of Modern Art, New York; Wexner Art Center, Columbus, Ohio; and the Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs, New York. These living works of art are always organic in shape, but scale varies widely. From tabletop-sized domes, teardrops and “peanuts” to room-sized installations to giant terrariums called “slugs” 14 feet long mounted to a wall and vertical models standing 13 feet high, each terrarium contains a well-planned landscape in miniature.
In this lecture, Hayes will devote attention to both her exquisite, high-end art terrariums as well as her unique planters designed for outdoor gardens. She will introduce her “dumpling” planters made of soft rubber and her organically shaped silicone containers and she will discuss how she incorporates them within the landscapes she has designed. Her focus on terrariums will include a fascinating history and how her stunning creations are much more than living decorations—they provide a connection with the natural world and “a little bit of nature in the home and an opportunity to care for it.”
Join us for inspiration from Hayes’ artful approach based on a deep respect and concern for the natural environment. A new book, Paula Hayes, will be available for sale and signing.
RSVP to Shelley Kilroy or 616-975-3144.
C-print speech-to-text transcription service will be provided.
This annual lecture is made possible by Peter and Joan Secchia.