Throughout the Museum of Fine Arts, Honolulu, the gallery spaces of Shangri-La GC Honolulu’s GCA Major Flower Show, showcased lyrical flower arrangements (just for pleasure) like this one with bamboo, hala leaves, and Anthurium with the thematic turquoise woven in midolino constructions.
As is usual with a GCA Major Show, there was a lot of time allotted in which to create the design. Two of us, being fascinated by the forms, spent a lot of time making structures of the wire components.
A black vase and a black cross woven structure, along with this plant material, were the basis for the second challenge class, called Peace, for Prospective Judges. White Anthurium, monstera leaves, Amaranthus, yellow pin-cushion protea, green Dendrobium orchids, Equisetum, lily turf grass and a jasmine kind of vine gave the designers a wide choice to execute their designs.
These pedestals for Peace were staged in front of Tranquility, making it harder to photograph them without the shot ‘bleeding’ into those designs. Third place went to this design. The black structure is visible emerging from the yellow protea.
By keeping to a circular, rhythmic form, including stringing some of the orchid blossoms, the designer honored the Hawaiian islands with this first place design. Challenge classes are the Project Runway of flower shows. Fast thinking followed by careful execution are the hallmarks of the winners. Kudos to all the designers who entered these classes and accepted the challenge. We did have a good time!!