Mags Harries & Lajos Héder

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Mags Harries and Lajos Héder are artists working collaboratively to create public art across the United States from their studio.


A married couple, they formed Harries/Héder Collaborative in 1990 and have worked together on all major public art commissions[1] since then. Based in Cambridge, MA, they have successfully completed over thirty public projects with budgets up to $6 million. For Harries/Héder, public art is more than placing objects in public spaces; public art can reach every aspect of the environment and realize the poetic possibilities of the place. They are interested in working with issues of water;[2] bridging spaces; renewable energy; history, and community events. Their completed projects take diverse form, but all share a site-specific approach.


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

Lajos Héder, an artist, born in Hungary, studied architecture and urban planning at Harvard University. Before forming Harries/Héder Collaborative, he worked on community projects, urban design, site planning, architecture, and construction.

They have 2 daughters, writer/director Sian Heder[3] and author/artist Thyra Heder.[1]

Current commissions[edit]

  • History Colorado Center, Denver, Colorado (2009- )
  • Solar Light Raft, Havana Square, Stapleton, Colorado (2008 -)

Recent Projects[edit]

Meeting Place, The Downtown Greenway, Greensboro, NC (2014)

Xixi Umbrellas, Xixi Wetland Park, Hangzhou, China (2012) Westlake International Invitational Sculpture Exhibition

Terpsichore for Kansas City, Arts District Parking Garage, Kansas City, MO (2011) with David Moulton, Roberta Vacca, Bobby Watson

Zanjero’s Line, Highline Canal, Phoenix, AZ (2010) with Ten Eyck Landscape Architects

Sun Flowers, an Electric Garden, Mueller Development, Austin, TX (2009)

A MoonTide Garden, International Ferry Terminal, Portland, ME (2007)

Concord River Greenway Trail Master Plan, Lowell, MA (2007)

The Big Question, Des Moines Science Museum, Des Moines, IA (2007)

Terra Fugit, Miramar Park, Fort Lauderdale, FL (2006) design team artists[4]

Arbors and Ghost Trees, Baseline Road, Phoenix, AZ (2005) with Ten Eyck Landscape Architects

Connections, [Central Connecticut State University], New Britain, CT (2005)

The Benefit of Mr. Kite, San Diego Port Authority, San Diego, CA (2003)

WaterWorks at Arizona Falls, Arizona Falls, Phoenix, AZ (2003) design team artists

Drawn Water, Cambridge Water Department, Cambridge, MA (2001) design team artist[5]

City at the Falls, Commonwealth Convention Center, Louisville, KY (2000) design team artists

Miramar Park, Florida (2000)[6]


  1. ^ Cohen, Michele; Michael Bloomberg; Stan Ries (2009). Public Art for Public Schools. Monacelli Press. p. 194. ISBN 978-1-58093-215-8. 
  2. ^ Sinclair, Jill (2009). Fresh Pond: The History of a Cambridge Landscape. MIT Press. p. 152. ISBN 978-0-262-19591-1. 
  3. ^ Meek, Tom (July 26, 2016). "Sian Heder's 'Tallulah' Pulls From 'Surreal Experiences With Bad Moms'". WBUR. Retrieved July 29, 2016. 
  4. ^ Guanche, Chris (October 26, 2008). "Public art displayed in Miramar City gets new art pieces at library and cultural center". South Florida Sun-Sentinel. Retrieved January 6, 2010. 
  5. ^ Sherman, Mary (November 4, 2001). "Cambridge's 'Water' works as accessible, playful piece". Boston Herald. Retrieved January 6, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Making art for everyone from Phoenix to Wales to their own hometown, Cambridge-based public artists Mags Harries and Lajos Heder are changing the landscape one project at a time". Boston Globe. May 7, 2000. Retrieved January 6, 2010. 

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