Flowers fill the Worcester Art Museum (www.worcesterart.org) every January, when several dozen floral designers and florists take part in Flora in Winter. This much anticipated annual fundraiser for the museum brightens the month of January in New England.
Florists create for the great central courtyard as well as some of the more intimate passages. Bamboo is tough and flexible, lending itself to this towering structure is both airy and strong.
Flora in Winter organizes the designers in the autumn when the artwork is chosen and emailed to them for their selection. This painting is called “A Processional Banner: The Presentation in the Temple”. Notice the basket canes arching over the design in the same manner as the vaulted ceiling arches over the figures.
The rich palette of a grand manner painting, “Portrait of a Man with a Gun”, is evoked with the myriad of tropical blooms. In particular, the several varieties of helaconia create not only the stature of the painting but subtly achieve the diagonal of the gun as well.
The extravagant posture of “Sleeping Endymion”, Nicolas-Guy Brenet, inspired this very contemporary design. Large dried cecrophia leaves give the necessary weight to balance the dramatic gesture of the willow branches and carnations. For those not familiar with them, they are a rich dark brown on the reverse side.
We always admire those who are chosen to interpret the most contemporary works in the WAM collection. This painting is “O Paraiso (Paradise)” by Beatriz Milhazes. Wheels of intricately placed flowers express the exuberance of this work.
It takes a brave and talented designer to interpret a whole gallery room. This pedestal stands in the center of the gallery. Each side of the design has great interest and harmony and yet they are equally diverse. A tour de force for room 204!