Curating Art + Florals

Last week’s visit to one of our favorite museums not only brought back great memories, but sparked so much artistic and creative inspiration. Located in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, the de Young museum first opened its doors in 1895. With its striking architecture, lush surroundings, and beautiful works of art, it was so easy to get lost in the galleries and lose track of time (not to mention enjoying a leisurely lunch in their café).

It was a special treat for us as the de Young was hosting the 30th annual “Bouquets To Art” exhibition. 125 prominent local Bay Area floral designers were each tasked to interpret a selected piece from the museum’s permanent collection through the use of flowers. Viewing the collection again was incredible, but to have another work of art alongside it made it that much more interesting (and of course in some cases, pretty fragrant).

Some designers took a literal approach while others created more avant-garde installations—either way, they all captured the essence of their art piece through the colors, textures, shapes, and movement.

The week-long exhibition also included an opening gala, luncheons, special guest speakers, and workshops. We were even fortunate to hear first-hand from some of the designers themselves on their thought process in creating their floral art as well as the mechanics behind their work. 

As you can imagine, it was extremely difficult to narrow down the photos. But check out just a few of our faves from the exhibit below…enjoy!

We hope these beauties inspire you and spark you to incorporate nature in fun and unexpected ways in your upcoming events!

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