On Tuesday I went to an art museum with a friend. That’s unusual; I’m a Philistine when it comes to art. If a painting isn’t utterly gorgeous or its message blindingly obvious, I lose interest quickly.
But there was a special exhibit at the de Young Museum in San Francisco this week and for this week only. It was so good that I went again today and took the children. And they loved it too.
The exhibition was Bouquets to Art, an annual floral exhibition in which designers are invited to present works of flower art inspired by the museum’s permanent collection. The floral arrangements are presented in juxtaposition with the paintings or sculptures that inspired them, and the exhibition timeframe of one week is dictated by the life of the flowers.
The floral artists are required not to use soil in their exhibits, because soil inherently carries bugs, and bugs could affect the museum environment and the paintings. Certain chemicals are prohibited too.
This is a blog post that’s all about the photos, but the photos don’t come close to the real thing. Nor do they convey the scents of the flowers that saturated every corner of the museum.
I’m already looking forward to next year’s exhibition.