“We all seek inner peace within the patios of our mind”, In WaterFlowers tells us in this installation, in which we find a fleeting protagonist: the bird of paradise, of which only a trace of feathers is to be found. The patios of Cordoba – secret, hidden, concealed behind doors – are like a small private paradise in which to stop, peek inside and ask oneself, “Are you happy? Have you found anything like a paradise?” Visual and mental reflections in a mirror.
Their intervention at the National Gallery in London in June 2016 showed thousands of people from around the world how far a floral installation can go: the only limits are the artist’s imagination and creativity. With more than 26,000 flowers (tulips, peonies, carnations, freesia, calla lilies and roses) they reproduced a small painting by Flemish painter Ambrosius Bosschaert the Elder, turning it into a 35-square meter installation. Robert Hornsby, creative director of the firm founded in 1999 with Claire Garabedian, started out in the world of flowers driving a delivery van (quite often rearranging the flowers he was supposed to deliver). Today he is one of London’s boldest flower designers.