Flor Motion | SPAIN
CASA GÓNGORA | CENTRAL COURTYARD
Spain, 2019. A group of fifteen of the top florists from Madrid, united to promote and disseminate flower culture, simultaneously humanising the city with their floral surprises. Once a month, the members of Flor Motion leave their everyday jobs and meet to interpret the same flower, each in their own manner. The result is a marvellous photography project and a series of bouquets that are anonymously left throughout the city the next day. They also carry out #guerrillafloral performances – creating improvised installations right on the street – and champion the beauty of wild nature and reuse of materials. Their philosophy can be summed up in one of their popular hashtags: #masflorporfavor [more flower please].
FLOR MOTION | FEATURED WORKS
LISA WAUD | USA
ARCHEOLOGICAL MUSEUM | PATIOS I & II
EUA, 1978. Old and new. Nature as a cleansing reset. Joy from beauty. There are numerous themes that spark the interest of this US artist who revolutionised the world of floral installations with her now legendary “Flower House”. In this work, she called upon dozens of floral artists to fill an abandoned house – sadly not an unusual sight in the downtrodden city of Detroit – with nature. More than 100,000 flowers and plants took over the house, rendering it a tribute to renewal and to botany.
Some of the things that Waud is vitally committed to are making her projects fully accessible, engaging viewers and collaborators (moving away from the traditional image of the artist working alone), and celebrating the beauty of underrepresented and marginalised groups. Her vision of nature has a lot to tell us, we just need to let it speak for itself.
LISA WAUD | FEATURED WORKS
Mary Lennox | AUSTRALIA
ORIVE PALACE | CENTRAL COURTYARD
Australia, 1988. Trained as a florist in Sydney and New York, Australian national Ruby Barber has art in her blood and in her own emotional geography: she opened her first studio under the name of Mary Lennox in the building that formerly housed the first studio of her father, a photographer, and the first gallery of her mother, a contemporary artist. To complete the magic, the building was located at the corner of Mary and Lennox streets, and Mary Lennox is the name of the main character of her favourite childhood book, The Secret Garden, a classic in English children’s literature and an ode to the force of nature.
Years later, Barber moved to Berlin, where she has managed to become one of the best-known and most highly respected floral artists today. Her mastery of colour ranges, her romantic style, and her use of plants and flowers that are uncommon in floral art have made her very personal way of looking at nature her hallmark.
MARY LENNOX | FEATURED WORKS
PHKA | THAILAND
VIANA PALACE | COURTYARD OF THE CHAPEL
Thailand, 2013. PHKA is a fifteen-member cross-disciplinary studio that aims to create a bridge between spatial design and floral and botanical installations, endeavouring to forge new perceptions about the places where they do their work. In their view, flowers do not decorate; rather, they spotlight and reinvent the spaces in which they are present. This vision has led them to create emblematic works like “Abandoned One”, in which they covered the façade of a night club in Thailand with thousands of anthuriums, or “Blooming Tune”, a kinetic floral installation in which the notes of a musical score were transformed into a dance of flowers.
Founded in 2013 by the architects Tul Chompaisal and Vissata Duangwongsri, both of whom were born in 1987 in Bangkok, PHKA currently designs some eighty projects per year. Their works stray from the stereotypical image of flowery Thailand: beyond the colour and exoticism, PHKA focuses on new forms.
PHKA | FEATURED WORKS
THIERRY BOUTEMY | FRANCE
DIPUTACIÓN DE CÓRDOBA | COURTYARD OF CLOCK
France, 1969. Having worked as a florist since 1987, Boutemy emerged onto the international scene through his work in Marie Antoinette, a film directed by Sofia Coppola in 2006. Currently based in Brussels, he is now a key figure in the world of fashion, film, art, weddings and high-end events. His more artistic side, which we shall see at FLORA, strays radically from trends in fashion and sophistication: in the manner of a naturalist, this French artist arranges the flowers and plants he works with just as he finds them in their natural habitat, wild and indomitable.
The mythical fashion shows of Lanvin, the façades of Pierre Marcolini’s Belgian chocolate shop, and public and private events for Inditex also bear his distinctive hallmark, which draws from memories of his childhood in northern France. Throughout his work, he endeavours to find the spontaneity that resides in nature and to shun rigidity, but we must not be fooled into thinking this has anything to do with chance: it is only through his mastery of the technique that he can create such free and exciting installations.
THIERRY BOUTEMY | FEATURED WORKS