Welcome to Articulture the 2014 Philadelphia Flower Show! The imaginative theme of art and horticulture extends to every aspect of this exciting show.
The 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.
All 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!
In 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.
Moon 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.
Close 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.
MODA 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.
Two 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……