Every spring, for the last thirty years, San Francisco’s de Young museum hosts a stunning event called Bouquets to Art. It is a visual spectacle, talented florists from all over the Bay Area interpret the museum’s pieces of art in fresh flowers. Paint brushes and clay are replaced with twigs, leaves, newly formed buds and freshly blooming petals, delicately woven together by talented floral illustrators.
Before you even enter the de Young, you have been held captive by the beauty of its surroundings in Golden Gate Park, especially in springtime, when the air is fragrant with blossoms and narcissi, recently unfurled leaves bring the expectancy of new life and fresh beginnings.
The de Young might wear the mantle of a modern, cold and rather imposing structure but behind its somewhat intimidating facade is hidden a superb collector’s treasure.
As soon as you enter you become enfolded in its embrace and there are flowers everywhere. In the foyer:
Suspended from the ceiling in a twirling myriad of color:
By the reception
‘A particular kind of heaven’
Glimpses of a National Park
An abstract profusion of color.
Bouquets to Art, Native American
A winter scene
Bouquets to Art, rainbow
Bouquets to Art, a view
The amazing work of Manhattan based event designer, David Stark
It was a day filled with beauty and incredible talent. It was as if a circle was being completed, with nature interpreting the art which had inspired its original creation, inspirational and exquisite, a day to treasure and revisit next Spring. Thank you to my dear friend Anne, who clearly know what stirs my soul!
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