Friday, February 25, 2011

Flora in Winter 2011 - the Restrooms!

As many of you know, Sprout has become known over the years for decorating the restrooms of the Worcester Art Museum during Flora in Winter. This year was no different!

We continued with the recycling concept we've been working on over the past few months and gave every restroom a different twist on that angle.


The basement ladies' room (which has hideous lighting for some reason) got literary with our book page flowers on flocked mitsumata branches towering out of vases of parrot tulips and peonies.



We splashed out in the main ladies' room with tropical foliage and phalaenopsis orchids.



You can see we used recycled packing strap rings as part of the support for the flowers, but also as a design element. I actually think it's such a neat design element that few folks realize it's part of the recycled concept!



For kicks, we even put a few blooms on the stall doors this year!



We went green in the men's room on multiple levels!



Yes, all green flowers (don't you love those raspberries?!)...



...green cymbidium orchids or course....



...and 'Green Trick' carnations (I know you're thinking those fuzzy balls are not carnations, but yes indeed they are!)....

But were you ever expecting to see them arranged in recycled mother board vases??!!



And the final basement men's room display was crafted from bits and bobs and a box some vases came packed in.

Art makes you look at your world differently. Well so does recycling!

What would you like to see recycled into a floral design???



10 comments:

@Sandytables said...

Your designs are gorgeous! I love the packing strap rings mixed in there. Very cool!

Joe said...

Thank you for sharing your beauty. It's so inspiring to see awesome work!

Sprout said...

Thank you - so glad you enjoy what we do!

Connie Chandler said...

OK, you got me thinking...how 'bout wiring some fuji nets together to make a bow.

Sprout said...

Ha ha Connie! We actually have been saving the flower nets for our art museum's education department. Don't know what they've come up yet for them....

Matt said...

Amazing!! I was just saying to someone today as I was riding through town, how sad it was to see so many florists closed ( Franks, etc), and I was wondering who were the best new florists ( even if there were any?), and low and behold, there are, and there is! I remember being asked to exhibit in the first WAM Flora in winter ( I forgot what I entered, but it was a long time ago!). Your work looks SO nice! Like a bit of NYC right here in Wormtown! I will try to participate in the Ecotarium event, but I have concerns that I will not have anything in bloom by then. I might, I might not, so let's talk.

Sprout said...

Matt! I hope you don't think I was blog-stalking you, but when Tracy @ the Ecotarium showed me who was on her wish list for the Spring Fling, I had to speak up!

Did you ever exhibit any sculpture at WAM? I feel like I know your name from something a lo-o-o-ng time ago...did you exhibit at the original Tribute to Flora? That would be 20+ years ago...

Thanks for the fine compliments! The Woo has half the number of florists as when I opened in 2000 (and double the number of supermarkets & big box stores) which makes me sad.

I hope I get to meet you at the Ecotarium!

Cathy

The Monkey Flower Group said...

I LOVE your vases made from the circuit board thingys (technical name?? I'm at a loss.) What a great idea! May I ask where you found the materials and what you did with the vases after the event? It'd be so fun if guests took them home!

Sprout said...

Thanks Monkey! The motherboards were recycled from our Christmas window which was made mostly out of recycled computers - http://www.sprout-flowers.com/2010/12/reuse-recycle-rejoice.html

I put the word out on Facebook that we needed dead computers, and folks dropped off enough to round out the ones we already had. They were all eventually recycled when we were done with them.

The motherboards were stuck to the glassware with Uglu strips. Strong sticky stuff!

PS Love your Flowers To Care! I might be borrowing that idea some day! Do people love it?!

The Monkey Flower Group said...

What a great idea! Very cool : ).

Glad to hear you like the Flowers to Care! It's such a fun program, especially for me (the deliveries are so appreciated!). General response has been very positive. Still, I think it's a little bit of a tricky concept for people to grasp. Hopefully soon it will become common practice and I won't need to explain the process in detail each time! Please do let me know if you decide to take your own spin on it; it might be neat to eventually create a website listing all the different programs and who the flowers go to . . . : )

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