GARDEN PARTY: Shapes — an estimated 45,000 of them — are on display at Azzedine Alaïa’s gallery in Paris, the site of his spring 2016 fashion show earlier in October.
But the shapes are branches, leaves, blooms and berries, all handmade in brass and white porcelain by American artist Kris Ruhs and strung from the ceiling in dense, paisley-shaped arrangements — like some abstract Christmas tree.
Titled “The Hanging Garden,” the installation was unveiled Thursday in tandem with the Fiac contemporary art fair.
Leading a tour of the display, art scholar and critic Donatien Grau said it took more than a week for Ruhs to assemble the thousands of elements, with members of Alaïa’s design students lending a hand — along with a number of artist helpers, including Tatiana Trouvé, Adel Abdessemed, Mike Bouchet and Julian Schnabel.
“It makes you smile,” said Grau, calling shapes the linchpin element of Ruhs’ work, which spans jewelry, interiors and objects.
Billed as the first Paris exhibition for Ruhs, it runs through Dec. 27.