Local sculpture garden blooms
Published on: 10/4/2006   

Four pieces by modern artist David Hayes on display downtown
Four black metal sculptures from modern artist David Hayes are on display at the J.T. Smith Sculpture Garden in downtown Longview. The exhibit is a first for the city and for the state of Texas.

The outdoor sculpture display, which is expected to be in Longview for about a year, is a project of the Longview Museum of Fine Arts, 215 E. Tyler.

"That's the benefit of putting art out into the open. People can enjoy them on their own terms," said David M. Hayes, the sculptor's son.

Hayes described his 75-year-old father as one of the country's most famous living artists.

According to the sculptor's Web site, David Hayes lives in Connecticut and has had more than 300 exhibitions.

His works are included in more than 100 institutional collections including Museum of Modern Art and the Guggenheim Museum, both in New York City.

Of the many places Hayes' sculptures are exhibited, David M. Hayes said his father really enjoys doing public outdoor shows.
David Hayes' sculptures are made of metal and welded together before the artist applies a couple of coats of primer and then a layer or two of weather-resistant paint.

"Dad says it is whatever you want it to be," David M. Hayes said of his father's works.
Hawkins said museum officials saw David Hayes' works and thought the pieces would complement the existing sculpture and be a good choice for the park's first exhibit.