Bouquets to Art

IMG_9780On 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.

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The cape on this exhibit was made entirely from leaves

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The red petal-shoes made this one

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This floral design captured the fragility of the snow on the trees

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This was stunning even from a distance

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The bend of the purple trees was genius

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I loved the oars sticking out of the side of the floral display

The colours made this striking

The colours made this striking

This painting inspired two floral designs.  This one focussed on the landscape in the painting: the mountains, greenery and rainbow arch.

Frederic Edwin Church’s Rainy Season in the Tropics inspired two floral designs. This one focussed on the landscape in the painting: the mountains, greenery and rainbow arch…

... while this one focussed on the light.  An arching leaf mirrored the rainbow and crystals were hung from the branches.

… while this one focussed on the light. An arching leaf mirrored the shape of the rainbow, and crystals were hung from the branch.

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About Natalie Gotts

I've been a management consultant, a nutritional therapist, a Journey practitioner and a mother. I've sold ostriches in China and personal safety devices in Hong Kong. Whatever I've done, and wherever I've been, I've written about it.
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3 Responses to Bouquets to Art

  1. Veronica Howard says:

    This is stunning and short of getting on a plane and visiting the de Young museum this week, this will have to do. Thanks so much for sharing. What an inspired idea for exhibiting the works. N x Nicky Howard nickymhoward@pobox.com

    • nataliegotts says:

      Nicky, the exhibition runs for a week at this time every year… I’ll email you the pictures that I didn’t put in the blog.

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