Hal was born in 1911, in North Carolina, where he grew in a small town called Lenoir. When his father –a builder– started suffering the struggle from the Great Depression, Hal travelled to California looking for opportunities. He started working as timekeeper and raised his position until he decided to start his own business. Since young, he showed signs of great creative skills, developing hundreds of inventions that have been patented, among which, the Jib Crane stands out, being used worldwide to rise constructions greater than eight floors.
In the creative world, any person capable of surpassing the limits of the conventional is susceptible to being carried away by art. Why? Perhaps it is because art is the unique expression whose purpose is not functionality, but rather it is contemplation, reflection, catharsis, among other abstract and subjective matters. “Every stalled desire is poison,” affirmed André Maurois, and in the case of Hal Braxton Hayes it was to be expected that one day his mind and body could no longer resist the temptation of creation for creation’s sake. Thanks to this he left an important cultural legacy behind.