House and Garden: Paula Hayes Brings the Tropics to Midtown

On Wednesday evening, last week, The Observer was standing in the lobby of Lever House, the iconic Gordon Bunshaft building at 53rd Street and Park Avenue, with the artist Paula Hayes. As officer workers filed through the airy, rectangular space, cool gusts of early autumn air swept into the room.

“We are standing on an island of tropical vegetation,” Ms. Hayes, 52, told us serenely. Underneath our feet was a soft black rubber floor adorned with blue specks. Nearby, PVC tubes stretched across the floor into what appeared to be a giant sphere wrapped tightly in Tyvek. The lobby’s angular furniture was covered with plastic.

Ms. Hayes’s exhibition, titled “Land Mind,” was set to open in one week (today, Thursday, Nov. 3), the latest in a series of installations that the Lever House Art Collection (initiated by collectors Aby Rosen and Alberto Mugrabi) has sponsored in the building’s lobby. “There will soon be this glowing, surging life inside of this glass building,” Ms. Hayes said, smiling as she scanned the room. Read More