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Iced Flowers: Exotic Floral Bouquets Locked in Blocks of Ice by Makoto Azuma

January 20, 2015

Johnny Waldman

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The self-described botanic artist Makoto Azuma is trying to change the way we look at flowers. He’s used water and the stratosphere as backdrops for his exotic flower arrangements but now he’s experimenting with ice. In his latest exhibition “Iced Flowers,” Azuma locks floral bouquets in large blocks of ice and displays them like pillars. Placed in an inorganic chamber, the “flowers will show unique expressions that they do not display in everyday life,” says Azuma. The installation, held last week in Japan, was temporary by nature but the artist made sure to preserve the images. (syndicated from Spoon & Tamago)

 

 



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Flowerworks: Flowers Arranged and Photographed to Look Like Fireworks by Sarah Illenberger

January 7, 2015

Christopher Jobson

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Flowerworks is a new series by multi-disciplinary artist Sarah Illenberg that turns flower arrangements into bursting fireworks. The photos were made in collaboration with photographer Sabrina Rynas, and if you squint your eyes a bit (or back away from the monitor) the effect is pretty uncanny. Illenberg is widely known for her work at the intersection of art, photography, and graphic design, and you can see more of her work for some of the world’s top brands and magazines in her portfolio. Fine art prints from this series are available in her shop. (via ArtChipel)

 

 



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Mona Caron’s Murals of Weeds Slowly Overtake Walls and Buildings

December 11, 2014

Christopher Jobson

As part of her ongoing Weeds project, artist Mona Caron (previously) has begun photographing the progress of her murals step-by-step, creating short animations of growing plants in public spaces. Caron has recently painted murals of weeds in her native Switzerland, India, and around her current home in San Francisco in what she describes as “a tribute to the resilience of all those beings who no one made room for, were not part of the plan, and yet keep coming back, pushing through and rising up.” Definitely watch the video above to see more of these plants coming to life, and you can learn more here. (via Laughing Squid)

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Bathroom Fixtures at Alcatraz Transformed into Porcelain Floral Bouquets by Ai Weiwei

November 6, 2014

Johnny Waldman

Ai Weiwei, Blossom, 2014 (installation detail, Alcatraz Hospital)

Ai Weiwei, Blossom (2014). All photos by Jan Sturman

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Ai Weiwei, Blossom, 2014 (installation detail, Alcatraz Hospital)

Ai Weiwei, Blossom, 2014 (installation detail, Alcatraz Hospital)

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Ai Weiwei, Blossom, 2014 (installation detail, Alcatraz Hospital)

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Ai Weiwei, Blossom, 2014 (installation detail, Alcatraz Hospital)

The Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei currently has an exhibition on Alcatraz, the notorious island used as a military fortress and federal penitentiary. Amongst a large body of work created specifically for Alcatraz is “Blossom,” which has been installed in several hospital ward cells and medical offices. And as its name suggests, intricately detailed encrustations of ceramic flowers are blossoming out of sinks, toilets and tubs that were once used by hospitalized prisoners.

The curator offers two possibilities in interpreting Ai’s porcelain blossoms: a symbolic offering of comfort to the imprisoned or perhaps an ironic nod to China’s famous Hundred Flowers Campaign of 1956. But to understand the piece we think this quote by Ai himself is all you really need: “The misconception of totalitarianism is that freedom can be imprisoned. This is not the case. When you constrain freedom, freedom will take flight and land on a windowsill.”

Ai Weiwei’s exhibition on Alcatraz will be open through April 26, 2015. (via My Amp Goes to 11)

 

 



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Guerilla Mosaic Artist Now Filling Chicago Potholes with Flowers

October 31, 2014

Christopher Jobson

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Artist Jim Bachor (previously) continued his guerrilla effort to remedy Chicago’s pothole problem by creating a number of flower mosaics in streets around the city. Bachor installed four mosaics through this fall while the weather cooperated, but as things get wet and cooler we’ll probably see a bit less of his, uhm, street art. I’m not sure if any of these are still around, but he keeps a list of photos and addresses where each piece was installed. Bachor opens a new exhibition of mosaic art at Packer Schopf Gallery titled “Jentaculum” early next month.

 

 



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Parade Floats Adorned with Thousands of Dahlia Flowers at Corso Zundert 2014

September 9, 2014

Christopher Jobson

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Tiggelaar with Atlas 2.0 (10th place) / Photo by Malou Evers

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Klein-Zundertse Heikant with Horsepower (1st place) / Photo by Werner Pellis

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Klein-Zundertse Heikant with Horsepower (1st place) / Photo by Malou Evers

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Molenstraat with 737 (13th place) / Photo by Malou Evers

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Poteind with Proud (11th place) / Photo by Werner Pellis

Yes, it’s that time of year again for the world’s largest flower parade, Corso Zundert in the Netherlands! Located in the small town of Zundert at the Belgian border, the annual parade features 20 giant floats created by various districts within the city. To encourage a wide breadth of creativity the parade never has a theme, leaving teams free to design whatever they want as long as the floats fit the within 20 x 10 meters and are completely adorned with dahlia flowers.

This year the parade saw everything from a deconstructed 737 airliner to a guitar-playing cephalopod, with the first place prize awarded to the brawny flexing horse float, Horsepower.

If you want to explore a bit more, there are more photos of the 2014 event courtesy Omroep Brabant, and you can also see our Corso Zundert coverage in 2013 and beyond.

 

 



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Color Coded Food and Flowers Photographed by Emily Blincoe

August 18, 2014

Christopher Jobson

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Photographer Emily Blincoe (previously) continues to make us smile with her arrays of food and plants perfectly organized by color. Blincoe collects every color permutation of tomatoes, oranges, eggs, and even candy and then sorts them into groups and gradients for each image. Her wildly popular photos have attracted a huge following on Instagram and Tumblr, and many are available as prints.

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