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Mags Harries

born Wales, 1945

Mags Harries

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Mags Harries, a native of Wales, attended Leicester College of Art and Design in England and Southern Illinois University.

Mags Harries’ public art projects have received national recognition and have won many awards. She observes the small things that, like DNA, reveal all that is important to know about a place. She uses surprise and sometimes humor to energize public places and communities. Her early projects Asaroton and Glove Cycle have become icons of the Boston area. Mags frequently designs her work with landscape materials and responds to environmental issues. She has an increasing interest in water and city scale elements of infrastructure, pathways and connections. Many of her temporary projects involve community participation and social action, including: Winding Down the Charles, Speed of Light, and One Legged Table.

Harries brings to the collaboration her experience as a sculptor, teacher, and over 20 years creating public art. Senior faculty at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Harries teaches courses in sculpture, installation, and public art.  She has exhibited her work in numerous solo shows at national and international institutions. Visit to see more artwork by Mags Harries. Mags Harries’ Resume.

Mags Harries & Lajos Héder formed Harries/ Héder Collaborative in 1990. Since then they have worked together on over 30 major public art commissions, many recognized for national and international awards. All of their projects share a highly site specific approach. They make work which shapes a place, generates community and makes public spaces resonate.

Greater Des Moines Public Art Foundation

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