Spanish designer Jaime Hayon's Merry Go Zoo installation is currently on display outside of Atlanta's High Museum of Art, turning the museum's courtyard into a charming playscape as fun to children as it is aesthetically interesting to adults. The Merry Go Zoo structures are each modeled after different species of animal, though the designs take significant, cartoonish liberties in their depictions.
It's difficult to determine with certainty, but the four animals in the Merry Go Zoo installation seem to be a chicken, a monkey, a rabbit, and a person. Each of these models is placed atop a striped, carnivalesque pedestal, and these pedestals rotate freely. Kids are thus encouraged to interact with the sculptures, spinning them like playground carousels.
The High Museum of Art typically houses contemporary work suited to adult audiences, so Merry Go Zoo is a clever way of attracting kids to the world of art.
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