Monday, August 17, 2009

Sculptured Blooms at Art in the Park

So between a zillion wedding deliveries, I pushed the pause button, and took a quick jog around Elm Park to check out Sculptured Blooms. OK, I don't jog, but I was walking very fast, and besides, I had to pass the park 3 times on deliveries! Really, I did. Honest!

Hopefully you had more time than I did and really got to explore and enjoy the flowers and art. I stood still long enough to take a picture and was off to the next one.

The first photo is of a work entitled "Einstein's Onion" by James Kitchen. I have no idea who did the floral piece as when I flew by around noon time, they still hadn't been judged yet, and all the floral designers' names were obscured. I love that they took the "onion" literally - too funny!


This piece is called "Tim-berr" by Joe Fix. Because of the way I cropped this photo, you can't tell that the sculpture is actually wrapped around a tree. Fun primary colors echoed in flowers give a child-like building block feel to the piece.

I did notice a couple hours later, on one of my numerous trips by, that the top half of the floral arrangement was on the ground. Don't know if it was vandalism, or if there were structural issues.

The floral designers were not given any kind of platform for their work, so each designer was going to have to deal with the uneven ground issue on their own. I don't envy them, an uneven surface is always a nightmare. I know people think flowers are all about beauty, but there are many practical considerations too.


It was tough to get decent pictures as some of the works were in bright midday sun or half sun half shade and others were so large in scope it was hard to get everything in one photo. I happen to know the women who made this blue arrangement to go with "Seraph" by Joseph Ferguson, Bev McClure and Kae Collins. Lot of talent there! Wish you could see all the swirly wire details, but again, the sun was too strong.

Yes, those are dyed flowers - orchids and carnations. Blue flowers are typically fragile, so it made a lot of sense to use dyed flowers of sturdy varieties since this was going to bake.


Speaking of baking... Can you say "Toast"?! By Steven Roll Kroeger. And flowers by Arlene Sjosten, another friend in flowers! Talk about outside of the box - a toaster trailer!


The long view down the aisle of "Red Totems" by Sue Champeny leads us to...

...red floral totems by Ken Bositis. I didn't know Ken was participating in this, but happened to run into him there just as I got to his piece! He told me his very expensive (I know he paid a lot, he told me who he got them from...) gladiolas went bad on him so he had to hit the tops of the stems with red paint. Flowers can be unpredictable and uncooperative and some times you have to roll with it and improvise!


I don't know if this was the last piece to be seen, but it was the last one I saw - "Pianista Observatorium" by Michael Frassinelli with flowers by Kathy Michie. This was one of those hard to photograph ones with flowers in shade and sculpture in sun. Kathie used a wooden clothes drying rack and vines to create the structure she put her flowers on, again proving why you can never toss anything - you never know what you'll need for that next great flower arrangement!

I hope folks got out to see Sculptured Blooms, I know it didn't get a lot of publicity. I'm sure the group that put this together would love some feedback when it comes time to decide if they want to do this again.

Yea or Nay on Sculptured Blooms?

9 comments:

Ruby Watts said...

Definite yea on the Scultpted Blooms. Now I have to go and see for myself (if they are still there)

Sprout said...

Was supposed to be a one day event, so don't knock yourself out getting there! They might be dried flowers now...

Angela Kusek-Schubert said...

How cool! I wish we did something like that here. We don't exactly embrace art in Green Bay. It seems when you have an NFL team nothing else matters...boo

Sprout said...

This was year 2 for Art in the Park and first time out for Sculptured Blooms. Embracing art is not Worcester's strong suit, but there are some great people who are out there trying to make things happen!

Paulie's Point of View said...

missed the flower show but heading down to Elm today on the bike to check out the art....

Is the Buddha Hut now harvesting it's own organic greens? I see quite a garden out front:>)

Sprout said...

Paulie - Enjoy the art! As for Buddha Hut's harvest, yeah...organic, sure...how can some people not see what's right in front of them??!!

Paulie's Point of View said...

I have been trying to eat better lately...may check out this weekend..will be sure to yank the weeds out on my way out:>)

Michelle May said...

wow for someone in a hurry, you get the goods!

FreeArtWorcester said...

THANK YOU! We're headed out of town that day and only say a blurr of fleurs going by, thanx for the photos!!

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