Feed Your Head // Philly Flower Show '19
The Philadelphia Flower Show is hands down one of the most inspired, as well as demanding elements of our year here at Flower Haus. As an artist, I have been involved with the show (in one way or another) for the past 5 years. However, it wasn’t until meeting Christian of Wish Unlimited just 2 years ago that my creative contribution was truly catapulted directly to center stage.
The Show, if you’ve never attended, is enormous and hugely overwhelming at times but collaborating with a Visionary Artist like Christian makes it all the more manageable. Too often the exhibits at the show are heavily focused on landscape design and the very practical use of plant materials, etc. As you know…this bores me to no end. That being said, Wish Unlimited is so far from the norm that we became instant friends and co-conspirators to help bring a new dimension of ART to the showroom floor.
Year after year we grow closer as friends as well as creative collaborators who are now starting to anticipate each other’s artistic mind and vision even better than ever before. So…keep an eye out for whats in store for the 2020 show. The theme for 2020 is “Riviera: Holiday” so you know we are gonna go so far out into left field that you’re both shocked and inspired.
The Long awaited release of our Behind The Scenes Mini Documentary of “Feed Your Head” at the Philadelphia Flower Show in 2019.
Philly Flower Show is the longest running, largest indoor flower show in the world. I was designing and building sets, but I didn't have any real direction of the entire project. So, whatever happened with floral or landscape I, maybe had a minimal say in, and I wanted to explore the idea doing my own thing.
I'm kind of, approaching this from the perspective of, "I want to make art," but we're not a landscaper, we're not a florist. I don't fit into a category at all.
I'm the first of my kind to just, kind of, come in and do more of an art installation. And of course, I had to find the right person to do floral or landscape. I knew Mark and I put feelers out with him, just to see if it would be adventurous before I pitched it.
He works with a lot of just, really gorgeous, very natural designs, which I really respond to personally, but I also knew that he was very versatile.
Being able to design in this arena, and just experience the culture of floristry at this scale is incredibly rewarding.
When I found out the theme was flower power I didn't have a good reaction to it. I just think of Austin Powers. I really let that stew for a few weeks, to try to really work out and figure out what I wanted to do.
Music was really the inspiration behind a lot of what I did last year. Knowing that the 50th anniversary of Woodstock was coming up, picked up a couple of Woodstock books, did some research. I love dream catchers, I became obsessed with the jacket that Hendrix wore at Woodstock. I love the native American influence. It just seemed like natural evolution of ideas.
What I wanted to do, was make it look like somebody came to Woodstock in 69, gathered up found objects, threw it into a storage locker, buried it for 50 years, pulled it back out, and then did this.
It's nice to see people coming by and just, frankly being like, "I used to live in that camper. That was my life." That's what makes our work different, is really conveying that environment and that landscape of a time and a place, instead of just the beauty.
There's [inaudible 00:02:34] on the backside that kind of, dials in this military vibe with Vietnam. There's an aircraft door off of an aircraft that actually sprayed [inaudible 00:02:44] orange in Vietnam. So, I want that to have some sort of weight.
The past couple weeks have been nuts. I haven't had a day off since the holidays.
We certainly realized we needed the help.
All the girls that were here yesterday, they were all engaged, they all worked their butts off, and they were fine art students. They were just like me. Just feels like a natural evolution of artists showing other artists how you can make a living working this way.
And when you're walking around and you're just, filthy and breathing in the air you really wonder why you're doing this, and I think the reason why, is because I am able to get out so much creative energy In a space where you have on average 250 to 300,000 people are going to come through here and see my work.
I think I want some people to walk away just totally digging it. Some people don't understand it, that's okay too. And that's the experience that you get when you go to view art in a gallery.
That's the way that I want them to interact with it here.