Gorillas in the Mist

The Haas Brothers

Twins Nikolai and Simon Haas draw upon their creative upbringing by an opera-singing mother, sculptor father, and actor brother, who taught them to write, sing, paint, and play music from an early age. Their art explores aesthetic and formal themes based upon nature, science fiction, color theory…even psychedelia. Their curiosity, visual perception, and clever use of multiple mediums set their works apart from the everyday. Gorillas in the Mist is a unique public work designed expressly for Aventura Mall. A whimsical fountain comprised of three large-scale bronze gorillas, four massive bronze trees and five in hand carved marble benches. The piece functionally circulates water, creating a space that is both peaceful and evocative. “Gorillas in the Mist is a portrait of the people we most care about,” say the brothers. “Less specifically in terms of actual people, but more of the roles that certain people can play: a partner, a good friend, and a child. It’s a fountain and a playground, built specifically with children in mind.” The Haas Brothers currently live and work in Los Angeles, California.