Philadelphia Flower Show

Philadelphia Flower Show

Welcome to Articulture the 2014 Philadelphia Flower Show!  The imaginative theme of art and horticulture extends to every aspect of this exciting show.

Articulture with a TThe sign, on close inspection, breaks up into small highly detailed little collages of texture, color and pattern.  This project was created by Crayola.  We can all use some crayons in our lives.

Calder Mobile Central FeatureThe central feature is an homage to Alexander “Sandy’ Calder, a hometown artist best known for his wonderful mobiles.  Large floriferous sections are imagined mobiles set in huge white frames over which changing light shows continuously play.

Flower CirclesAll the many ‘faces’ of the mobiles were created by volunteers using thousands of specially dyed, dried pieces of plant material.  Each team was totally free to create their own patterns within the shape of their design.  The only restriction being shades of a single color. What fun they must have had and the results are stunning!

Textured red orbsThe floor areas around the frames are filled with colorful orbs of texture and more single color designs.  It is a delightful beginning to the show.

AIFD Korea's literary legacyIn an exhibit partnered with the Philadelphia Museum of Art, The American Institute of Floral Designers paid tribute to “Treasures from Korea: The Arts and Culture of Joseon Dynasty”.  In a series of huge iron circles on large plinths, the exhibit explores facets of Korean culture.  In this design, the hand-shaded fiber sticks emulate the geometry of Hangul, the Korean alphabet.

 AIFD Moon JarMoon Jars, Yi Dynasty ceramics celebrate the beauty and perfection of the moon.  The iron circle has been used as the framework for the intricate woven strands of the design which seem to be made of long strands of a kind of chenille roping.

 AIFD Moon Jar detailsIn a detail, notice how the ‘moon jar’ is made from lamb’s ears, Stachys byzantina.  In this shot it looks like a mirror image but it is two moon jars, one on each side of this stunning structure.

AIFD The Kings TableThe crowd pleaser and show stopper of this exhibit is the design interpreting The King’s Table that features the traditional colors of Korea, ‘Ohbandsaek’, black, blue, red, white, yellow.

 AIFD chandelier detailClose up, the labor intensive details of the ‘chandelier’ are revealed.  Curls of variegated ti leaves, Aspisdistra, top the structure finishing in strands of Amaranth.  But it is all the levels of Korean spoons from small white soup spoons to long handled serving spoons that lend the detail.

AIFD The King's Feast buffetBut it is the endlessly creative and colorful assemblage of the copious buffet, that steals the show.  Using a huge variety of fresh fruits, vegetables and flowers, it truly is fit for The King.

 J. Paul Getty MuseumThe Getty Museum in Los Angeles was the inspiration for this garden called “Cubism Impasto No.5” which emulates the forms of the gardens surrounding the museum.

MODA botanica orbs and helaconiaMODA botanica paired with Storm King Art Center in NY State with a design of  imagined sculptures called “Storm King Maquettes” for an installation in the West Woods.  Each of the 9 floral maquettes were placed on stands of varying height.  This one was very high with muddy-textured orbs and wonderful hairy hanging Helaconia. 

 MODA botanica willow ball and dragonflyTwo of the other maquettes on their stands show the diversity of the designs which were each accompanied by a sculptor’s sketch.  These are just part of the major commercial gardens of the show.  I’m here all week so stay tuned……


About Susan

Susan Detjens is a former landscape painter, she lectures, demonstrates and runs workshops on floral design for museums, horticultural organizations and garden clubs across the US.
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2 Responses to Articulture

  1. Alexandra says:

    What beautiful colors! I love the mobile and the King’s table. Some many shades of the same color is wonderful.

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