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The central idea? Enlist professional and amateur flower arrangers to build displays that pay homage to pieces of art at the museum, or design conceptual artwork of their own. The Art in
There's an opening night gala in the museum's
And, of course, there's the museum proper, where two dozen amateur homages will be on display and free to view during museum hours. More arrangements will reside across the street at the
The museum invited 12 professional flower arrangers from the metro area to "conceptualize" vases, and then had its glass studio make the one-of-a-kind vessels in which the designers will work their floriferous magic.
All 12 vases will be auctioned off during the black tie event Thursday, yet will remain on display through
Who says it doesn't help to have your own kilns and studio glass artisans?
"Glass is an essential part of our legacy, and it's a medium we continue to explore in new ways," says museum director
Among the designers asked to conceptualize a vase was
"After working so long in this business, I don't think anything could top this," she says. "A lot of times [customers] come in with a photo and they want an exact copy of the picture. I don't like to copy pictures out of a book."
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"Anybody can put a dozen roses in a vase," she says. "You have to make it original. They're flowers, so there is no right or wrong."
When it comes to actually creating vases, there are technical rights and wrongs, says
The biggest difference he saw between the flower arrangers and someone who works with glass for a living?
"A lot of times for an artist a vessel or vase must [first and foremost] be visual," he says. "The florists are very customer-oriented; functionality is what they're after."
Five museum glass blowers teamed with the florists, and the actual firing of the pieces took a half day each. The colorful vases are made of the same material you find in a window pane at home: sand silica, soda ash, and limestone fired at 2,000 to 2,100 degrees.
"It's been a lot of fun," says Mack, himself a renowned glass artist. "It's been a rapid fire process (with us creating a work) for one florist a week. The problem-solving created some interesting, positive challenges."
As for the existing museum artwork getting a floral tribute, "It's going to be wonderful," says
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