Paula Hayes Turns Foliage Into Art
by allison polster
Landscape designer Paula Hayes, who has been innovating living-art capsules for the past 27 years, recently debuted her book, Paula Hayes (The Monacelli Press), which details her most spectacular works, as well as an installation at Hamptonite Aby Rosen’s Lever House in Manhattan.
For years, the artist has been designing private landscapes for myriad wellknown Hamptons art figures, including Elizabeth Rosen and Laurel Cutler Israel; this summer she made her longtime presence in the Hamptons widely known by hosting a lecture at the Parrish Art Museum’s Landscape Pleasures event in June. Now her exhibit of terrariums and sculptural work (in conjunction with her composer husband Teo Camporeale’s sounds) will be at Glenn Horowitz Bookseller in East Hampton through July 30.
When working on the East End, Hayes finds inspiration in the famous natural light, the ocean, the vegetable gardens, and even the birds chirping in the early morning, and hopes to help others recognize the region’s unique natural elements. “I work very hard to connect the clients I work with to the beauty of their landscape,” says Hayes.
Her new tome showcases some of these majestic East End landscape designs with unusual overgrown aspects—some of which creep right along the ocean— as well as a range of living terrariums, featuring succulents, ferns, and mosses, often housed in curvy blown glass. In the book, crystal terrariums with pieces of blue calcite, pink quartz, turquoise, and Herkimer diamond, along with housewares and exhibition work, combine to demonstrate aspects of Hayes’s signature sci-fi style as she creates one magical world after the next. Paula Hayes is available at bookstores throughout the Hamptons