Perfect for a lunch break, play date or an amusing stroll, one of Midtown’s most vibrant stops is outside the High Museum of Art. Four colorful outdoor sculptures are waiting to be looked at, climbed on and taken for a spin.
“Merry Go Zoo” is an interactive installation by Spanish designer Jaime Hayon. The structures feature round metal-and-wood bases topped by an animal-shaped sculpture.
This is the fourth year that the area, known as The Woodruff Arts Center’s Carroll Slater Sifly Piazza, has featured an interactive installation. It’s part of a series commissioned to encourage visitors to visit and play in the area, all for free.
In addition to providing a place to play and socialize, the installation will be the stage for multiple performances, art-making activities and special events with local partner institutions, including T Lang Dance, Sonic Generator and Serenbe Playhouse.
Hayon, the artist-designer who created the pieces, is part of a wave of contemporary artists who blur the lines between art, decoration and design. Hayon also is known for creating finely crafted, intricate objects.
Last year Hayon’s installation “Tiovivo” filled the same outdoor space with four different whimsical structures that encouraged play.
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Venture inside the High Museum to see Hayon’s “Technicolor” exhibit. The indoor installation showcases large-scale textiles hanging from the ceiling and quirky ceramics displayed on pedestals dotting the floor. This exhibit requires a ticket to the High Museum.
To complement “Merry Go Zoo,” Hayon also created an interactive “Shadowmaker” sculpture at the Arts Center MARTA Station as part of the High Museum’s partnership with Midtown Alliance. The sculpture features a bench base, topped with a hooded figure holding an umbrella-like shade.
“Technicolor” is on view through Oct. 15, and “Merry Go Zoo” stays at Sifly Piazza through Nov. 26.
View the photos below to learn more about “Merry Go Zoo.”