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Past Exhibitions


Merry Go Zoo. Photography by Jonathan Hillyer.

Merry Go Zoo

June 24–November 26, 2017


Photos by Jonathan Hillyer

Come experience Merry Go Zoo, the second interactive installation by Spanish designer Jaime Hayon on the Carroll Slater Sifly Piazza. The installation continues a multiyear initiative to animate the High’s outdoor space with site-specific commissions that engage visitors of all ages in participatory art experiences.

Inspired to create a playful, twenty-first-century version of an outdoor public sculpture, Hayon has designed four large-scale, vibrantly colored, kinetic structures for Merry Go Zoo. Visitors can interact with the structures either by spinning on the base or by rotating the sculpture. Merry Go Zoo transforms the Piazza into a playground and summer refuge that offers a welcoming atmosphere for socializing and recreation. The installation also provides a backdrop for performances, art-making activities, and special events co-organized with local partner institutions.

This installation builds on the success of the three previous Piazza commissions: Hayon’s 2016 Tiovivo and 2014–2015’s Mi Casa, Your Casa and Los Trompos (Spinning Tops), both created by Mexican designers Héctor Esrawe and Ignacio Cadena.

Organization and Support

Merry Go Zoo is organized by the High Museum of Art, Atlanta.

Support has been generously provided by the Lettie Pate Evans Foundation.

Generous in-kind support has been provided by UPS

This exhibition is made possible by

Premier Exhibition Series Partner

Exhibition Series Sponsors

Premier Exhibition Series Supporters
Anne Cox Chambers Foundation, The Antinori Foundation, Ann and Tom Cousins, Sarah and Jim Kennedy, Jane and Hicks Lanier, Louise Sams and Jerome Grilhot

Contributing Exhibition Series Supporters
Barbara and Ron Balser, Corporate Environments, Peggy Foreman, James F. Kelly Charitable Trust, Jane Smith Turner Foundation, The Lubo Fund, Margot and Danny McCaul, Joyce and Henry Schwob

Generous support is also provided by
Alfred and Adele Davis Exhibition Endowment Fund, Anne Cox Chambers Exhibition Fund, Barbara Stewart Exhibition Fund, Dorothy Smith Hopkins Exhibition Endowment Fund, Eleanor McDonald Storza Exhibition Endowment Fund, Forward Arts Foundation Exhibition Endowment Fund, Helen S. Lanier Endowment Fund, Howell Exhibition Fund, John H. and Wilhelmina D. Harland Exhibition Endowment Fund