Saturday, March 19, 2011

Bouquets To Art


The "Bouquets to Art" was held this past week at the San Francisco de Young Museum. This year did not disappoint!

Now in it's 27th year, Bouquets to Art is an event where floral designers create arrangements inspired by works of art on display in the museum.

As an example, this arrangement picks up the colors and shape of the featured painting.
What is so wonderful about this event is that it gives us the opportunity to really see the art, viewing and comparing the floral arrangement to the painting or sculpture.

This floral designer used driftwood to emulate the body of the subject in the painting.
I thought this arrangement was genius!

Unfortunately, I forgot my camera, but used my camera phone to try and capture these fabulous arrangements. Actually, they turned out better than I thought!

A painting of a train with the puffs of smoke is translated into a floral arrangement.

An old photograph of a blue pool becomes another interpretation using succulents and blue petals.

This designer "nailed it" with his arrangement, don't you think?

A sculpture becomes a floral dress....

...simply incredible!

Picking up just the colors of the painting.

Everyone loved Superman!

But my personal favorite was this dog! He reminded me of Dexter!

This painting is kind of creepy...!

...as is the arrangement!

I am such a fan of still lifes, so the beauty of this designer's interpretation really inspired me.

More still life with flowers.

Still life with books.

This painting of the Madonna and child,

was interpreted like this. She used prayer cards and religious candles to tie the two together.

In the end though, it was all about the creativity of the arrangements that I loved.
This one in particular caught my attention for it's use of succulents, dried hydrangeas and pepper berries. I could see this as a long-lasting, gorgeous centerpiece for a table.

Bouquets to Art is an event you must see at least once. Held in March, it would be a reason to visit San Francisco, visit The de Young Museum, even pay a visit to the Academy of Science just across the way.

Last week was museum week for me! I took the granddaughters (or they took me) to the Academy of Science on Tuesday, then the next day attended the Bouquets to Art.
It was so much fun!
Check back tomorrow for photos of The Academy of Science!

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27 comments:

Kathleen said...

How beautiful! It must be amazing to see in person!

NanaDiana said...

OMGOSH! I would love to attend this. It is just fascinating...and the way different paintings were interpreted is just amazing!!!!

Sarah said...

Delores, a friend treated me to a trip to San Francisco to attend Bouquets To Art for my 60th 3 years ago. It is an amazing exhibit. Thanks for sharing the photos. I'd love to see this show every year. Did you attend any of the lectures? We worked in a day of lectures that trip and they too were awesome. ~ Sarah

Brooks Interior said...

THIS IS FABULOUS! I love the inspiration from art. Wouldn't it be great to host this in a small town & have all the florists in town to exhibit one piece?

Thanks for sharing. If I'm ever in San Francisco, this will be an event to plan my schedule around.

Allison said...

How beautiful! I think my favorites are the dog and the gown. The dog is absolutely amazing. I had so wanted to go see the exhibit but had to miss it. My husband has been in the hospital. Thank you for sharing your photos! It was nice to get a beautiful taste of it!

Linda@ Lime in the Coconut said...

How wild was that?? Fantastic!!

Infatuated with Homes and Gardens said...

Just amazing, true art)

Johanna said...

Hi Delores,
this photos made my day! Fabulous, exiting, amazing, wonderful, creative, artisitc... all those words are not enough for the art of this flower arrangements. I really love each of the compositions. Once there was here an exhibition of a little museum. They created still lifes with true fruits, arranged similar to old paintings like one of your photos. I was so sad that I had no possibilities to visit this exhibition. Thank you for sharing this wonderful photos.
Greetings, Johanna

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Amazing! Not only the arrangements but the art too. You must have had a wonderful time! So interesting.
Thank you for taking us along on your day.
Yvonne

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Those are great. I love the basket of succulents and the dog. I see a white lattice basket like mine.

Mr. Goodwill Hunting said...

Even with your camera phone. This images are stunning. It is so great to see artists take on a another artist's work.

Since we all live in various parts of the country, it is posts like this that makes me appreciate the power of shared information.

Mr. Goodwill Hunting

Becca said...

These are beautiful!! The colors are amazing. The floral dress is stunning ... my son loves the Superman piece. Happy Sunday, Becca

Kristine~Lakeshore Cottage Living said...

So beautiful! I would have loved to have seen those in person.

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Wow! So many gorgeous arrangements. Thanks for sharing them with us.

Kathysue said...

HI D, These are spectacular. My little granddaughter has been and told me all about it and she seemed fascinated with the process. I love flowers so much it is amazing to me the creative process that others go through to produce such beauty. It sounds as if you had so much fun with your little gals!!! xo Kathysue

Really Rainey said...

These arrangements really are amazing art. And your photos came out great, even with using your phone. I liked your composition too. In most of them you were able to capture the inspiration art for the arrangements. Great post!
Rainey

g.suzie said...

What a treat. . .I can't even imagine how awesome that would be.
I'm not sure which one I liked best, each one was amazing in it's own way!!!
Thanks so much for taking us along on your tour, LOVED it!

once in a blue moon said...

oh i would have loved this, looks like i missed it... drats, next year i must get by. wonderful shots, you are great with the cell~

hope you are fairing well in the storms, downed trees and mudslides around us, and to think another week of rain :(

Table Escapes said...

Oh Delores, how glorious...thank you for taking me along. How wonderful to live where you have access to such amazing cultural events. San Francisco in March for the Bouquets to Art is now on my "Bucket List." I look forward to receiving your blog updates.
Have a wonderful week.

Anikó said...

Szia nagyon szépek a képek :)) Szép estét kivánok!

Babs said...

Thank you for taking us along to the Bouquets to Art exhibit. Your photos turned out really well with your camera phone.
All the arrangements are lovely, but I especially like the ones with succulents. Have a nice Sunday.

Janie's World said...

Wow! This is amazing! I wish I knew about this, definitely worth a trip from Orange County for the day. I'm putting it on my calendar for next year. Thank you so much for sharing!

Piorra Maison said...

some really original floral designs.

Acanthus and Acorn said...

Unbelievable and so original! They were all amazing, but I loved the dress and the train!!!

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Delores, What a fun event! My favorites are the dog and the dress. They are all so creative.
Hugs,
Sherry

Marlis said...

I am so thankful for cell phone cameras right now! How truly inspiring these pieces are. I loved seeing them and thank you very much for posting!

Villa Bisono said...

Wow, all these flower arrangements are so pretty! I just found your blog and now I am following!

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