Mags Harries observes the small things that, like DNA, reveal all that is important to know about a place. She uses surprise and sometimes humor to energize public places and communities, often responding to environmental issues, water, infrastructure, pathways, and connections. Many of her temporary projects involve community participation and social action.
Mags belongs to the public art design team Harries/ Héder Collaborative with Lajos Héder. In addition, she teaches courses on sculpture, installation, and public art at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. She is chair of the Cambridge Public Art Commission and is on the Board of First Night Boston.