Blooming Art

Megan is in Corpus Christi, Texas right now, enjoying the sun, beach, and warm weather with her friend Andra and their family.    She has sent us a few pictures, and yes, we are jealous and it makes us colder as we look out our front window and see the remains of a snowstorm earlier this week.    Nate, Kelly and I had to do something to “warm us up.”  Best idea I could come up with, was the Macy’s Flower Show.

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This year’s theme is “Art In Bloom.”   There are 11 gardens taking inspiration from art genres of the past including Impressionism, Abstract, Art Nouveau, Renaissance and Surrealism to name a few. Each garden takes its direction and inspiration from famous artwork and painting styles or ideals associated with these genres. For example, the Impressionistic garden, a soft, romantic and lush space, takes its inspiration from the freely brushed colors that took precedence over lines of academic painting during this period.  The Art Nouveau garden will be constructed with warm, golden tones that play off patterns and the iconic geometry associated with this genre.

Andy Warhol painting~

Andy Warhol painting~

Kelly & l loved this corner garden.

Kelly & l loved this corner garden.

I want the painting in the background~

I want the painting in the background~

The first thing you see when you walk in is this interpretation of the famed David sculpture (accessorized with a fig leaf).  As the centerpiece of a sculptural garden, the Renaissance era masterpiece incorporates pixel mapping projection technology.  He looks like he’s almost tattooed, in a way.  It’s pretty cool how it changes colors.  I tried putting in our little video, but it wouldn’t let me.

This is the “60’s” looking David.  Pretty groovy, don’t you think.

This is the “60’s” looking David. Pretty groovy, don’t you think.

We’ve been coming to these 8th floor displays for many, many years and are never disappointed.  One thing I’ve never asked…”How long does it take to put this thing together?”  That’s where Google came in.   I found my answer and thought I’d share the details.  Quite impressive!

The show takes almost 3,000 hours of labor to complete, with more than 40 artists, carpenters, visual specialists and more working on it.

It takes nine days to plant all the flowers. Two weeks prior to the show, Bachman’s employees come in and place the sod, trees, bushes and base fixtures. Then a week prior they will plant the rest of the flowers. But up until opening day, employees are still placing moss and leaves onto the displays in order to look as fresh as possible, going so far as to use a measuring stick to ensure that no leaves are stuck on petals or in the base of a flower.

Additionally, half way through the show several flowers, such as amaryllis, daffodils, hyacinths and tulips, are replaced to keep it looking fresh.  But while some flowers are replaced, others continue to bloom and flourish throughout the run of the show.

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Some of the popular artists, such as Van Gogh, was present at the show.  I think you will all recognize this one.

Love this painting~

Love this painting~

As we strolled among flowers such as Picasso’s Red Cordyline and Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa Lipstick Vine, we could hear classical music wafting from the speakers above, intermingled with bird calls and other effects emanating from all directions.  How can you not feel as tho you’re on a break with all of that happening!

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We really needed a night out like this to bring that spring feeling here to Minnesota.  It gets us excited about seeing green grass and getting our very own gardens started.  Most of the flowers that we see at these shows, are zoned for Minnesota, so it’s possible to have them growing in your own back yard.

These looked like colored mushrooms to me.

These looked like colored mushrooms to me.

I love the purple & yellow combinations.

I love the purple & yellow combinations.

Something that I really enjoyed at this show, was the incorporation of the glass flowers that were intermixed into the gardens.   They looked so pretty and I could imagine them outside with the sun shining on them.  Fitting right into a garden.  After seeing these displays, I think I will have to take Sheri up on that glass-blowing class she’s been wanting to do!

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What a fun “spring break” activity we found and we look forward to being back again next year.

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3 comments

  1. Beautiful!! What a great way to get into the spring spirit. I went to the conservatory when I was home in February, that was breathtaking also!

  2. The colors are so vibrant it would definitely take anyone to there happy place ,reminds me of the arboretum with their glass sculptures.I did not know they have a theme each year.Well you have inspired Dora,that’s where she is now.

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