Press Release

Museum Commissions New Interactive Piazza Installation

Event Date: 
3 June 2016
Atlanta, GA

Large-scale, site-specific work is the third in a series to activate the High’s outdoor piazza space

Annual summer installation program to continue through 2017 with support from Lettie Pate Evans Foundation grant

In June, the High Museum of Art will unveil “Tiovivo: Whimsical Sculptures by Jaime Hayon” on The Woodruff Arts Center’s Carroll Slater Sifly Piazza. The site-specific installation continues an innovative multiyear initiative to animate the outdoor space by engaging visitors in an interactive art experience.

On view June 3 through Nov. 27, 2016, Hayon’s four large-scale wooden sculptures whimsically interpret the familiar shapes of animals or objects, such as a pig or a bell, in ways that inspire playfulness and joy. Each structure features a colorful pattern, ranging from polka dots to stripes, and sets of stairs and slides with openings specifically sized for children that encourage guests to interact with the sculptures. Transforming the piazza into an outdoor art gallery, playground and summer refuge, the sculptures create an atmosphere for socializing and recreation. “Tiovivo” will also become the stage for performances, art-making activities and special events co-organized with local partner institutions.

The installation builds on the success of the High’s 2014 and 2015 commissions “Mi Casa, Your Casa” and “Los Trompos” (“The Spinning Tops”), both created by Mexican designers Héctor Esrawe and Ignacio Cadena. Originally planned as a two-year project, the piazza activation program has been extended through 2017 with funding from the Lettie Pate Evans Foundation through a grant to The Woodruff Arts Center.

“We’re extremely grateful to the Lettie Pate Evans Foundation for their generous support of this initiative. The dynamic and inspiring Jaime Hayon is a great choice to launch our third year of this interactive programming,” said Rand Suffolk, Nancy and Holcombe T. Green, Jr., director of the High. “This wonderful outdoor space continues to inspire unique opportunities to engage our visitors. We look forward to welcoming everyone to this summer’s incredible activation of the Sifly Piazza.”

“Tiovivo: Whimsical Sculptures by Jaime Hayon” will officially open to the public on June 3 during Toddler Takeover at The Woodruff Arts Center. The High will welcome the community back for an evening party on June 10 from 6 to 9 p.m. to celebrate the new project in conjunction with the openings of the “Walker Evans: Depth of Field” and “The Rise of Sneaker Culture” exhibitions.

Following these opening celebrations, the High will present special programs on Friday evenings during the run of “Tiovivo,” which will include artistic pairings, live music and other performances. These programs will be collaborations with artists and performers across the Atlanta arts spectrum, from colleagues at the other Woodruff Arts Center partners (Alliance Theatre and Atlanta Symphony Orchestra) to Atlanta arts groups.

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