Across the aisle from Robertson’s Arches National Park (see last post) was another commercial exhibit conceived and created by professional floral design team.
Schaffer Designs created one of the very finest displays ever seen at the Philadelphia Show!!! 20C photographer Ansel Adams was given the Medal of Freedom (by President Jimmy Carter) “for his foresight (Adams) and fortitude much of America has been saved for future generations” In their tribute, based on Adams original photographs, Schaffer Designs created a dynamic monochromatic tribute worthy of this great artist.
Ansel Adams’ black and white photographs were blown-up as backdrops for the floral installations which were created in the same tonal compositions.
Excellent signage for each photograph not only told about the Park but also about the work and influence of Ansel Adams, here, perched on top of his car.
The lead design was centered on Kalaupappa National Historic Park, Molokai, Hawaii, which, to put it baldly, was a leper colony from 1866-1969. A volcanic crater, high sea cliffs and a rain forest provide habitat to over 30 endangered flora and fauna.
Adams’ photograph in the background, called “Fallen Tree”, and was photographed in Big Arroyo, Sequoia National Park.
Carlsbad Caverns is a limestone cave in a fossil reef laid down by an inland sea almost 300 million years ago. Adams was quoted as saying about the Cave, ” Some of the forms are beyond description for sheer beauty…”
The apparatus of the Hoover Dam construction(1931-36) hovering over the natural beauty of Lake Meade in Adams’ photograph is echoed in this construction of flowers including magnificent huge Birds of Paradise.
“Vernal Fall” was photographed in 1941 in Yosemite National Park. This rain shower of orchids and skeletonized Bodhi leaves was suspended from the ceiling.
Totally missed in identifying this Park, but the large curving space and all the angular forms filled with gorgeous material were fascinating.
Moving up close, it is possible to see the great variation in tone and the very slight natural coloration of many of the plant materials. Some of the material was color enhanced very subtly as you can see in these roses, left.
These beautiful trees were the ‘closing’ side of the tribute to Ansel Adams. In the top photo, panels of tree photos stand between these clusters. This display alone would have made a striking tribute to the National Parks.
Despite the ghastly but necessary show lighting (and my inability to get rid of it in photoshop), I hope you can understand this dynamic presentation and how exciting it was to see!!!!