Yesterday evening, I headed over to Trafalgar Square in London to see the giant floral installation which has been set up outside The National Gallery. It was commissioned to celebrate Funnyhowflowersdothat.co.uk’s support of the Dutch Flowers exhibition there, which runs until August 29th 2016.
And it’s absolutely spectacular! I wasn’t the only one blown away by the installation though. SO many people were stopping in front of it taking photos and selfies, as you can see in this mini-video, which I posted on Instagram last night.
Standing 6.2 metres tall by 4.6 metres wide, the floral masterpiece was a combined effort of almost 30 florists over 2 days. It features over 25,000 stems of 26 different types of real cut flowers including tulips, peonies, carnations, freesias, calla lilies, roses, alliums, cornflowers, nigella, chrysanthemums, spray roses, echinacea and lilies.
The design recreated a real Dutch Master painting by artist Ambrosius Bosschaert the Elder, entitled ‘A Still Life of Flowers in a Wan-Li Vase’ (1609-10). The flowers in Bosschaert’s arrangement included lilies, tulips, roses and carnations. The bouquet, however, is fiction as these flowers do not all bloom at the same time. This is the reason why some flowers had to be substituted in the actual installation.
Chanel de Kock, UK Marketing Manager from Funnyhowflowersdothat.co.uk said “We are excited to be working with the National Gallery for this very special display as we both bring joy and inspiration through beauty. Artistic representations of flowers have been a central theme in the history of art, with the blooms in those paintings becoming iconic and timeless in their own right. We want visitors to look at flowers more closely, almost the same way these master painters did. People visiting the National Gallery from the UK and around the world will be able to see these paintings brought together in one room, and also have the chance to experience a very special kind of bouquet.”
Betsy Wieseman from The National Gallery added, “Our Dutch Flowers exhibit presents an overview of works by every major figure in the genre, including Ambrosius Bosschaert the Elder, Jan van Huysum, and Rachel Ruysch, providing visitors a chance to admire their stylistic and technical characteristics, and the exquisite detail of their paintings. Funnyhowflowersdothat.co.uk are the ideal sponsor for this display and they have chosen the perfect painting to be brought to life with the beauty of real cut flowers.”
And of course congratulations also go to all the wonderful floristry volunteers – Shannon Ormandy, Jennifer Pinder, Phillipa Altus, Monika Kural, Alice Powel, Nicole Rowe, Ianthe McLeod, Rebecca Whelan, Daisy Burgoyne, Kay Louise Willis (BFA), Niamh Cheeseborough, Emily Hepworth, Emma Leanne Kelly, Kim Beedie, Lindsay Sharrier and Lauren Barnes.
The floral masterpiece will be on display outside the National Gallery until Monday 6th June and I highly recommend visiting it if you’re in London!
If you post or repost a picture of the installation to @flowersdothat (Twitter) or @howflowersdothat (Instagram) using the hashtag #DutchFlowers, you’ll be entered into a competition and be in with a chance of winning tickets to The National Gallery’s Painters’ Paintings exhibition and places to a flower arranging workshop at the National Gallery on July 2nd 2016. Please visit Funnyhowflowersdothat.co.uk for details and terms and conditions.
P.S. If you’d like to see a ‘behind the scenes’ video showing how the installation was created and positioned in place, click here.
(Images : Rona Wheeldon | Flowerona)