The San Diego Museum of Art goes FULL BLOOM.
For the past 33 years, Art Alive has been the SDMA’s signature fundraiser and annual floral exhibition bringing great works of art to life with floral interpretations. For the first time ever, I decided to participate in this phenomenal event with many of our industry colleagues and collaborated with my good friend and wedding coordinator, Thomas Bui Lifestyle.
There were over 100 pieces of art available to choose from to inspire the floral interpretations. Thomas headed up our art selection and choose Canaletto’s “The Molo from the Bacino di San Marco, Venice, 1747-50.” We studied the painting together to conceptualize how I would recreate and transform a floral arrangement into a sculptural masterpiece. I was struck by how linear the composition was, but I knew I needed to see movement; that would be my challenge. Thomas commented on the wood boats and shape of the gondolas in the painting, which lead us to our design direction and foundation for the piece. We choose a wood grain box with gold trim and the palm boat vessel, which seemed perfectly in sync with this great work of art. I began crafting the florals, building the ocean with a nest of dusty miller and adding just a few pink peonies to represent the pantaloons of the gondolier. The tower was of course the focal point, so I designed a replication made of quicksand roses in ivory, pink and peach, with a peak of lamb’s ear to mimic the very top.
And I must say, for an Art Alive first-timer, I was very pleased with myself…so much so that after arranging and perfecting our creation, it ironically toppled over ruining the fresh flowers I so meticulously placed!
As you can imagine, I was crushed…at first.
But like every great artist before me, you must pick up the pieces (literally, in my case) and begin again. Second-time around, it was even better than before.
On Friday April 11th, we unveiled our floral masterpiece to the public, and celebrated Art Alive at the Museum’s BLOOM BASH that very evening. The exhibition ran just through the weekend keeping all the fresh botanicals as pristine as their hundreds-of-year-old artful counterparts.
While we didn’t take home a grand prize, we certainly received many accolades from our industry friends and press mentions. The famous bloggers behind The Horticult named us one of their FAVORITE top 25 pieces, which is truly such an honor. You can be sure that Adorations Botanical Artistry will be back at Art Alive next year. Because as you all should know… “It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see.” - Henry David Thoreau
Photography by Bauman Photographers