Splendor on the Grass: Immersive Art Installation Coming to Klyde Warren Park

"Round the Bend," a textile banner of abstract geometric forms, was created by artist Rachel Hayes. It will be on display April 19-30 as part of the park's celebration of Dallas Arts Month.

A springtime-green lawn at Dallas’ Klyde Warren Park is about to get a lot more colorful, thanks to an immersive installation by artist Rachel Hayes.

Called “Round the Bend,” the installation will be located on the park’s Ginsburg Family Great Lawn. A textile banner of abstract geometric forms, it resembles fluid stained glass hovering above the ground. The work was inspired by “cascading color fields and landscapes.”

From April 19 through April 30, the public will be able to stroll along the installation, seeing “flashes of color as the sun interacts with the various textures and the wind creates a rippling effect resembling the movement of water, reminiscent of the current of cars driving underneath the park,” according to a park statement.

Part of the park’s celebration of Dallas Arts Month

Artist Rachel Hayes [Photo: Klyde Warren Park]

The installation is one way the park is celebrating Dallas Arts Month, a multi-week event featuring everything from ballet and theater performances to salsa lessons, music trivia, and a Dallas Opera pop-up performance. The month will also feature a “Day of Jazz” on April 29, a free community event featuring a Dallas Arts District Jazz Stroll alongside a medley of local music beginning at 1 p.m.

Artist’s work has been displayed in Italy, Turkey, and U.S. museums 

A Rachel Hayes installation [Photo via Klyde Warren Park]

Oklahoma-based Rachel Hayes is known for site-specific installations. She recently completed a site-specific installation with Istanbul’74 during the 16th Contemporary Istanbul event in Turkey.

A Rachel Hayes installation. [Photo via Klyde Warren Park]

She also did a solo exhibition in a collaboration with Italian fashion house Missoni for Milan Design Week, and exhibited her work at NOMAD on the island of Capri, Italy.

Hayes’ work has been exhibited at SculptureCenter in New York City; Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse, New York; the Taubman Museum of Art in Roanoke, Virginia; and the Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site in Cornish, New Hampshire. 

The installation can be viewed from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. April 19-30. For more details including parking info, go here.

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