Well, I'm really behind on this post, but that's okay. In March, I went to see the annual Bouquets to Art exhibit at San Francisco's De Young Museum. For this exhibit, floral designers create bouquets inspired by art works in the museum. It was my first time at this event, although I admit that I have purposely always avoided it. The exhibit lasts for only one week and is wildly popular and busloads (literally) of people come from all over to see it. As you might imagine, it was crowded to the point you could barely walk around.
The bouquets were quite lovely, but it was hard to take pictures and I eventually gave up. Although I'm glad I went and everything I saw was pretty, the crowds were uncomfortable and blocked the views of a lot of the bouquets, and I probably won't be going back in the near future!
Here's some photos that I did manage to capture while navigating the crowds. Where possible, I tried to also capture the artwork that inspired the floral arrangement.
This was an enormous sort of chandelier arrangement in the entry hall.
You can see the art in the background that this arrangement is based on - an illustration of the Bay Bridge.
A detailed view.
Two more arrangements inspired by the Bay Bridge exhibit.
This was for the black and white modern art you can see a glimpse of.
This was one of my favorite arrangements. I loved the purple lilies.
A bit more detailed view of the above arrangement.
This one was hard to get a good picture of, so sorry, but it was one of my favorites of the whole exhibit. It is slices of wood joined together, with air plants interspersed throughout. It was really large - maybe six feet high?
Here's another great one, inspired by the Japanese screen you can see in the background. I love the orchids and plants on the top.
This one was inspired by the painting on the right, which has always been one of my favorites from the permanent collection. The painting is Winter's Festival by Willard Leroy Metcalf, 1913.
And I believe this was inspired by the dancer in the painting on the right. The painting is called Outdoor Stage, France by Everett Shinn, circa 1905. Also one of my favorites.